Christopher Columbus: Mass Murderer

It’s Columbus Day, kids, and that means it’s time to honor a man “who, if he were alive today, would almost certainly be sitting on Death Row awaiting execution.”

Eric Kasum, writing for HuffPo commemorates the holiday by recounting the true tale of Christopher Columbus, who set foot on a sandy Bahamian beach in 1492 and promptly enslaved the hospitable islanders (who rescued the crew and cargo of the shipwrecked Santa Maria). Within two years, half of the 250,000-strong population was dead.

He oversaw the sale of native girls into sexual slavery, killed babies to use as dog food, and had soldiers cut off the hands of workers who didn’t meet their gold dust quota—prompting 100 to commit mass suicide. Why don’t we learn about this in school, Kasum asks. “Columbus himself kept detailed diaries, as did some of his men. (If you don’t believe me, just Google the words Columbus, sex slave, and gold mine.)” He continues, “Call me crazy, but I think holidays ought to honor people who are worthy of our admiration. Let’s boycott this outrageous holiday because it honors a mass murderer.”

It’s time we take a second look at those we celebrate.  Clearly Christopher Columbus would never stand the scrutiny.  How about  “Native American Day,”  as it’s called in South Dakota.  After all it’s not the murderer we should be celebrating, but the murdered.

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10 Responses to Christopher Columbus: Mass Murderer

  1. One Fly

    October 11, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    He did do these things and thanks for reminding all that he did so Mike.

    Our country prefers to live with illusions of how special we are rather than accepting the reality. If only this country had a brain that could tell the difference.

  2. osori

    October 11, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Good one, Mike and thanks.people need to understand this was not an explorer or rugged individualist.Instead he and his crew represented the worst of the Old World.

  3. SJ

    October 11, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Well said Mad Mike. I had to portray Columbus in a stage play in second grade, a weird experience for a Hispanic kid to say the least.

  4. Joe Hagstrom

    October 11, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    As a former member of The Knights of Columbus I am proud to say I am a former member.

    What an asshole. He would have gone far in today’s republican party.

  5. Demeur

    October 11, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    But but he discovered AmerKa where we could continue to exploit Amerkan Indians. How would we get all those neat casinos without him?

    (channeling Randal)

    • mike

      October 28, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      wow dude colombus is burning in hell,crying nashing his teeth,probebly the vatican who okayed the the slaughter of the natives when he first landed,vatican is just a religious mafia,on judgment day we all are going to be judged,many of the so called catholic christans are going to say lord did we not so all these things in your name,jesus will say to them depart from you acursed i never knew you,

  6. Aishah Bowron

    November 14, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I believe that Christopher Columbus is a vile genocidal pig, I wish he didn’t exist. The man is more butcher than explorer, he worked and was possessed by the Devil. He should have hanged for his crime, that evil, cold, bloodthirsty tyrant !. I much prefer the Viking navigator Leif Eriksson, he is a real explorer and he discovered North America in the eleventh century. Columbus is nothing but a proud and arrogant nobody and a braggart ! Columbus should be included in a book about serial killer, because he is the world’s worst serial killer !.

  7. Sablicious

    December 19, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Only in Idiiot Amerikkka would they celebrate a mass-murdering habitual lier. The guy isn’t even Spanish -or- Italian, he was a Portuguese spy – lol!

    Ameritards need to stay in school… preferably those that don’t indoctrinate fictitious state fashioned history.

  8. Chris Bradford

    October 8, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Our Government is the reason this day became a holiday in the first place. Go figure. You wouldn’t believe ho many close minded people have no idea who and what Columbus was. Hey, maybe in a couple hundred years from now the world will celebrate a Hitler holiday.

    • Michael John Scott

      October 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      You make some good points Chris but a Hitler holiday? You never know…