Subject: [Tradition_OF_The_Redroad] Questions To Ponder As Columbus Day nears...
Another Message from the United Confederation of Taino People (UCTP):
Questions To Ponder As Columbus Day nears...
Please forward and print (one copy or many) this questionnaire and
distribute as widely as possible.
Please consider having your children hand it to their teachers, post
it on the bulletin board at your community center,
discuss it with your friends and neighbors, mailing a copy to your
Mayor, City Council and House Representatives,
Senators, Governor and President -- why are politicians neglecting to
do something about this absurd & abominable
holy day (that IS what holiday means) that only serves the purpose of
rubbing salt into some of the old, festering wounds
of so many in our multi-cultural society.
WHY DO WE CELEBRATE COLUMBUS DAY?
What is the meaning of this day to each of us, or is there any meaning
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Questions To Ponder As Columbus Day nears:
1. Columbus sailed into the Caribbean and never even set foot in what
is now known as the United States.
So, why do we, in the United States, give him one of our 8 Federal
2. Why should Columbus be given credit for "discovering" the Americas
anyway, when we all know those l
ands were already inhabited and had been for thousands of years?
Didn't the inhabitants of those lands discover them?
Look at any map of the US and see the many, many, many states, cities
and towns that all bear the Native American
names of people and peoples who once populated those regions:
Illinois, Oklahoma, Cheyenne, Nantuckett, Milwaukee,
Yuma, Omaha, Witchita, Tallahassee, Mississippi, Muskogee, Tennessee,
Allegheny, Missouri, Kentucky, Huron,
Tuscalloosa and on and on and on......
3. Knowing that Native Americans were already here, and Columbus never
was here, why does anyone go along
with the myth that "Columbus Discovered America", when we all know it
is not true?
4. Why aren't we taught the whole truth about Columbus' actions and
the devastating consequences of those actions?
Why are we only told about Columbus, who as a boy who always wanted to
sail and then when he got older
Spain provided him three ships & he sailed across the ocean and
DISCOVERED A NEW WORLD!
(where millions of Taino had lived for thousands of years and which we
now call the Caribbean).
5. Why are we only taught about that FIRST voyage, and not the other 3
voyages, when all hell broke loose?
Why aren't we taught about how on the second voyage, unlike the first
when Columbus only had 3 small old ships,
Columbus was given 17 large ships and 1,500 armed men eagerly signed
up for the chance to go to the "New World"
with hopes of getting rich quick on the gold to be found there? Also,
why aren't we taught about the greed and brutality
of the Spaniards against the Taino (who have been remembered as "naked
savages" in our history books, if at all), and how
the Taino were murdered and enslaved on that second voyage?
Why are we not taught about the third voyage & how when King Ferdinand
& Queen Isabella of Spain heard about
Columbus' actions in the "New World" he was sent back to Spain in
chains to stand trial for his crimes, was convicted
and stripped of his titles? Or, how the Spaniards tricked 80 of the
Taino leaders into a hut and burned them alive? Isn't
to omit the ugly part of the truth considered LYING BY OMISSION? Then,
that is what our schools are doing when
they only teach about the first voyage, they are lying by omission to
our students, and we as a improperly educated
country have a holiday for an evil, greedy, slave-trading, murderer.
Some people say he is worthy of the honor of a holiday for his
nautical genius, but the Vikings sailed across the ocean
to North America 500 years before, Marco Polo sailed to China & India
300 years prior and the Chinese set foot upon
the very shores that Columbus did 71 years prior to the arrival of
Columbus, the difference being, Columbus "claimed"
the land and cites the Papal Bulls with giving him the authority to do
so if no one disputes the action, and Columbus
according to his journal, was careful to add that no one disputed it
at the time, while admitting at the same time that
they could not understand each other, so how could they be expected to
understand what his flag-planting and
6. Many people will argue that Columbus brought Western Civilization
to what is now known as the United States,
and that is the reason the US bestows upon him the honor of a holiday.
But how can we make that correlation when
Columbus, working for Spain, came in 1492 and the European colonizers,
who came here TWO HUNDRED years later,
came from England? If Columbus is worthy of being given credit for
this "achievement", wouldn't it have happened
200 years earlier and wouldn't we all be speaking Spanish now as the
countries he invaded do?
7. Some people will argue that Columbus Day is a day for recognition
of Italians, an Italian Pride Day.
Are Italians more worthy of recognition than other ethnic groups in
this country we have proudly (?) nicknamed
"The Melting Pot"? I have heard Italians say that Germans have
Oktoberfest, the Irish have St. Patrick's Day and
Mexicans have Cinco de Mayo, but none of those are FEDERAL holidays.
The only two ethnic groups worthy
of recognition for their contributions and sacrifice in this land are
those who were ALREADY HERE when the
Europeans came and those who the Europeans BROUGHT HERE IN CHAINS. All
other ethnic groups came
It was long overdue but African Americans finally got their holiday -
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January....
but Native Americans still don't have a holiday (urge your
congressmen and women to support House Bill #167).
Some people think he is deserving of the honor because he proved the
world was round, but this was already a
widely accepted belief by educated people at the time as Ptolemy, the
ancient astronomer and geographer from
Egypt, declared that the Earth was spherical in the
8. Why do 17 states refuse to recognize and/or celebrate Columbus Day?
9. Why do protestors gather and march at every Columbus Day Parade?
10. And, WHY is Columbus honored with one of our 8 federal holidays in
the US when:
a. He didn't "discover" us, or anything previously undiscovered or
b. He never set foot on what is now U.S. soil
c. His legacy is greed, theft, destruction, brutality, slave-trading
d. It is offensive to Latin American, African American and Native
e. Native Americans, who were here and are worthy of a holiday, still
don't have one.
11. And why have the Taino people of the Caribbean and those in the
US, whose ancestors have paid such a huge
price for the misfortune of being "discovered", been erroneously
declared extinct and are therefore denied legal
recognition by the government?
***To learn more about the truth, read books like In Defense of the
Indians by Bartolome de Las Casas,
A Peoples History by Howard Zinn, Lies My Teacher Told Me by James
Louwen and Rethinking Columbus
by Bigelow and Peterson.***