South Puget Sound Community College’s Diversity & Equity Center
Yes. YES. Fuck Columbus forever.
I’ll always distinctly remember being a -child-, maybe 7? and even then being so horribly angry about Columbus. I was originally vocal about it. The real kicker? I quickly learned to shut up about how I felt. I tried to talk about how infuriating it was to learn how Columbus invaded and destroyed an entire native people. And every adult I talked to tried to convince me everything Columbus did was totally okay. Apparently children aren’t supposed to learn about Columbus and find him to be anything but ~brave~ and ~adventurous~ or some shit. I’m still, even now, fucking appalled anyone, ANYONE, could so easily and thoughtlessly try to indoctrinate a small child into accepting genocide of native people. It’s …disgusting, and so extremely telling of how far our culture will go in its dehumanization and erasure of the violence native people endured and continue to endure at our hands.
So. Yes. Fuck Columbus. I hope someday we all celebrate Indigenous People Day and only remember Columbus for his crimes against humanity.
Quite a few guys on here look asian
So are we seriously going to pretend the Chinese never had an empire? The treatment of the han chinese by the Manchu dynasties?
Or how about the Tibetans, who are forced to learn about Chinese history in their schools?
Or how about the Japanese treatment of the Ainu and Japanese colonialism and imperialism in general? The Japanese murdering Queen Min and subsequently annexing Korea? Rape of Nanking? Area 731? Comfort Women?
Are we going to pretend everything in North and South America was all hunky dory before the Conquestidors showed up, and the various tribes and civilisations all lived in harmony with one another? Scalping wasn’t a thing? That the Aztec, Maya and Inca civilisations didn’t aggressively expand their empire,so they could have fresh slaves to use in ritualistic torture and human sacrifices to their deities? No, I’m sure the child slaves who were selected as sacrifices to the rain god Tlaloc ripped off their own fingernails and drowned themselves to please the appetite of someone else’s deity
Oh I’m sorry, this is tumblr, and it’s racist to hold other cultures to the same standards that white people are held to, or it\s not racism because… well we can’t use Power Plus Privilege anymore since that’s an extremely Murrica-centric model. Looks like tumblr has a few new words to redefine since it’s not only Whitey who is capable of them!
Thank you so fucking much, Poppy. You said this better than I could, but I’m going to try to add a few notes.
First off, the vikings were known to have visited the Americas multiple times long before Columbus stumbled onto the land, and they had plenty of altercations with the natives. Moving into foreign land and conquering is one of the things vikings were best at, and they are fucking REVERED.
Are we just going to pretend that the Spanish were the first people in fucking history to conquer an entire group of people? Grow the fuck up.
Also, in regards to the black woman’s sign: you can’t discover something that doesn’t exist. If you didn’t know something existed, and then you find it, you discovered it. Woah, words, right?
The way the Spanish treated the Natives was shitty, but in no fucking way different than any other empire dealt with expansion. Stop trying to seem politically insightful by hating the white guys.
I mean seriously, are we going to pretend the Aztec, Inca and Maya empires expanded their borders by peacefully trading cowrie shell beads or something? The Spanish conquest was essentially what is the sum of human history: the conquerers becoming the conquered. The Spanish were vicious to those they conquered, but the Aztecs, Maya and Incas were every bit as vicious to the various tribes and kingdoms they conquered and those they captured as slaves or to be used in human sacrifices and ritual torture. The Aztec god of fire had his victims burned alive. Tlaloc, the Aztec god of rain liked to have children as sacrifices, and it was common for the children chosen to be sacrificed to him to have their fingernails ripped out (since their tears were said to promise good rainfall) before having their hearts pulled out or they were drowned.