Many people do not realize what truely is being celebrated on Columbus Day is nothing short of genocide.
To protest the celebration of torture and robbery, wear a black armband on Monday the 9th to remember those who suffered at the hands of Columbus.
Below is a short description of the actions imposed upon the native peoples:
To everyone who believes Christopher Columbus was a great man.
Columbus had ridiculous expectations of the native peoples.
After first "discovering" what he believed to be India, he would travel among the islands of the Bahamas announcing to the inhabitants that Spain would now have ownership of these lands. After Columbus would go through the ceremony of planting a Spanish flag and a cross on the islands, every time the Spanish met with the native peoples, they would read them a document informing them about Christianity and that it was required of them to submit to Spanish and Christian rule.
According to Oates in Portrait of America (a history text book), "if the Indians refused to or even delayed in their acceptance (or, more likely, their understanding) of the requirmiento, the statement continued:
"I certify to you that, with the help of God, we shall powerfully enter into your country and shall make war against you in all ways and manners that we can, and shall subject you to the yoke and obedience of the Church and of Their Highnesses. We shall take you and your wives and your children, and shall make slaves of them, and as such shall sell and dispose of them as their Highnesses may command. And we shall take your goods, and shall do you all the mischief and damage we can, as to vassals who do not obey and refuse to receive their lord and resist and contradict him."
In another instance of idiocy, Columbus had shown the native people a sword, and was surprised when they grasped the sword by the blade and cut their hands. He had assumed the people would understand the foreign weapon and its potential to injure the wielder.
Not only was Columbus an idiot because he went in the absolutely wrong direction to get to India, but he was a greedy pig.
Frustrated that he could not find the infamous gold of India, Columbus demanded the inhabitants of the island of Hispaniola to deliver him a cup of gold every three months.
Oates states, "When the gold was delivered the individual was presented with a token to wear around his neck as proof that the tribute had been paid. Anyone found without the appropriate number of tokens had his hands cut off."
This torture wasn't limited to men, but to all adults.
Columbus and his men were barbaric pigs who tortured the innocents without any probable cause.
When Columbus arrived at Hispaniola eight million people were reported to being living on the island. By the end of 1492, the first year of Columbus's exploration of the island, the population had declined by a third. The population by 1496 was reduced to half of its original size due to the combination of foreign diseases carried by the Spaniards and the inexplicable tortures imposed upon the local inhabitants.
Spaniards were reported by Dominican friars to have ripped children from their mothers' arms and were thrown to their dogs, only to be eaten alive; in other instances, the infants were thrown into the jungle to be left for dead or had their heads bashed against rocks.
So when you celebrate Columbus Day, remember you are honoring a selfish, barbaric pig who had no clue where he was going. May his corpse rot in the deepest pits of hell.