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Another Columbus Day has past by And as with every Columbus Day for the past year I ask myself Why do we celebrate a man who was a murderer Columbus sparked many a great western ideal Capitalism science as a religion the establishment of a global monoculture the enslavement of other races the destruction of the environment the eradication and abuse of life and the genocide of Americas indigenous people are just a few of those ideals If these are the ideals that he sparked then why should we celebrate a power-hungry man no better than Hitler History has always been a powerful storyteller but not accurate Often accounts of injustice stories of war and genocide disappear for the people need to validate their position History is written by the victors the ones who carry out the genocide the leaders of conquest lies are sold as truth and the truth is buried and forgotten The truth has been erased and rewritten by generations of killers ignorant accomplices Even modern historians identify Columbus conquest as the birth of racism Columbus journey was fueled by greed the betterment of his people over others and not the betterment of themselves as a people and a desire to convert all peoples to Christianity The conquest was the birth of an international slave trade the start of the factory system of labor and the death of an ancient way of life Columbus was obsessed by the idea that he could sail to India and spent years arguing for someone to finance his voyage Columbus whose religious convictions are often not taken into account promised the king and queen of Spain that he would convert the heathens to Catholicism and use their gold to fund their holy war with the Muslims Besides believing that all people should be Catholic He wrote in his diaries that he believed the world was destined to
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