Books I’m reading…

  • Goodbye, Columbus : And Five Short Stories by Phillip Roth — (Thanks go out to K for giving me this book awhile back (just got around to reading it) — I think my favorite part thus far is the short story “The Conversion of the Jews.” I highly recommend it.
  • You Can Go Home Again: Adventures of a Contrary Life by Gene Logsdon
  • A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present by Howard Zinn — I’m only a chapter into (bought it today) but my oh my. I’ve heard a lot about it but I had no idea how powerful this book would be.

    I (like a lot of other folks of American Indian descent) have no warm feelings for Columbus being that he was the one who inaugerated half a millenium of oppression, but I had no idea how vile this man was until reading this book. IMHO, Christopher Columbus ranks right up with Adolf Hitler if not worse. Hitler tried to kill an entire people (the Jews) and failed. Columbus succeeded. There are no Arawak Indians today. Once upon a time there were 600,000 in the Caribbean. Today… NONE. Columbus and those who came in the generation after him completely destroyed them. Genocide is bad enough but complete and total genocide of this scope is such a horrendous thing I can’t help but think hell won’t be hot enough for those responsible. — I think what disturbs me most though is reading the awful, awful blasphemous things that Columbus did, using his faith as a justifiation to rape, plunder and kill and entire nation.

    All I can say about this is come next Columbus day I plan to find a picture of this man and burn it and dance upon the ashes. The Arawaks might be dead but the rest of the Indians peoples are still alive. Their blood will continue to course through the veins of millions of people until the end of time while Christopher Columbus rots in hell.

    Here’s one quote from another work that details the level of Columbus’ crime against humanity and God:

      The 1492 “voyage of discovery” is, however, hardly all that is at issue. In 1493 Columbus returned with an invasion force of seventeen ships, appointed at his own request by the Spanish Crown to install himself as “viceroy and governor of [the Caribbean islands] and the mainland” of America, a position he held until 1500. Setting up shop on the large island he called Espa–ola (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic), he promptly instituted policies of

      slavery (encomiendo) and systematic extermination against the native Taino population. Columbus’s programs reduced Taino numbers from as many as eight million at the outset of his regime to about three million in 1496. Perhaps 100,000 were left by the time of the governor’s departure. His policies, however, remained, with the result that by 1514 the Spanish census of the island showed barely 22,000 Indians remaining alive. In 1542, only two hundred were recorded. Thereafter, they were considered extinct, as were Indians throughout the Caribbean Basin, an aggregate population which totaled more than fifteen million at the point of first contact with the Admiral of the Ocean Sea, as Columbus was known.

    In all honesty though even a vile man was created by God and I shouldn’t hate him, but I will say that the idea of holiday tto celebrate thsi man, or the fact that the Roman Catholic Church still holds him up as a role model (through their “Knights of Columbus” groups) is completely outrageous. It would be like a celebrating Hitler day and having groups of Neo-nazis parading in the 4th of July parade. I have nothing against the K of C other than their name, but I am rrevolted that they have not considered the utter offensiveness of this name to Native peoples. OK, enough soapboxing. I’m to mad to write coherently. I ought not blog when pissed off.