How ironic that the very people pushing the dangerous propaganda that undocumented immigrants are coming into the United States stealing jobs and committing crimes, are today celebrating Columbus Day. Yes, Christopher Columbus, the man who got lost, then “discovered” a kind and peaceful group of people,he decided to murder, rape, torture, and enslave, in order to steal their land and all of their belongings.
But what Columbus did wasn’t illegal, because he did it in the name of white supremacy, right? Plus, he set the stage for the eventual founding of the United States, which lead to the murder, rape, torture and enslavement of hundreds of millions of Africans and the mass genocide of the Native Americans.
This extreme hypocrisy was the basis of the song “Who’s Illegal?” featuring my brother and fellow MC, Rhymefest.
Let’s use this day to tell the truth about Columbus, and a great place to start is this section from, “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn, titled, CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS AND THE INDIANS.