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    Columbus Day - As Rape Rules Africa and American Churches Embrace Violent OE
    Christian¹ Video Games

    by Thom Hartmann / Published on Monday, October 8, 2007 by

    FROM: _http://www.commondreams.org_ (Common Dreams | News & Views)

    ³Gold is most excellent; gold constitutes treasure; and he who has it does
    all he wants in the world, and can even lift souls up to Paradise.²

    ­ Christopher Columbus, 1503 letter to the king and queen of Spain.

    ³Christopher Columbus not only opened the door to a New World, but also set
    an example for us all by showing what monumental feats can be accomplished
    through perseverance and faith.²

    ­George H.W. Bush, 1989 speech

    If you fly over the country of Haiti on the island of Hispaniola, the island
    on which Columbus landed, it looks like somebody took a blowtorch and burned
    away anything green. Even the ocean around the port capital of Port au
    Prince is choked for miles with the brown of human sewage and eroded topsoil.
    >From the air, it looks like a lava flow spilling out into the sea.

    The history of this small island is, in many ways, a microcosm for what¹s
    happening in the whole world.

    When Columbus first landed on Hispaniola in 1492, virtually the entire
    island was covered by lush forest. The Taino ³Indians² who loved there had an
    apparently idyllic life prior to Columbus, from the reports left to us by
    literate members of Columbus¹s crew such as Miguel Cuneo.

    When Columbus and his crew arrived on their second visit to Hispaniola,
    however, they took captive about two thousand local villagers who had come out to
    greet them. Cuneo wrote: ³When our caravelsS where to leave for Spain, we
    gatheredSone thousand six hundred male and female persons of those Indians, and
    these we embarked in our caravels on February 17, 1495SFor those who
    remained, we let it be known (to the Spaniards who manned the island¹s fort) in the
    vicinity that anyone who wanted to take some of them could do so, to the
    amount desired, which was done.²

    Cuneo further notes that he himself took a beautiful teenage Carib girl as
    his personal slave, a gift from Columbus himself, but that when he attempted
    to have sex with her, she ³resisted with all her strength.² So, in his own
    words, he ³thrashed her mercilessly and raped her.²

    While Columbus once referred to the Taino Indians as cannibals, a story made
    up by Columbus - which is to this day still taught in some US schools - to
    help justify his slaughter and enslavement of these people. He wrote to the
    Spanish monarchs in 1493: ³It is possible, with the name of the Holy Trinity,
    to sell all the slaves which it is possible to sellSHere there are so many of
    these slaves, and also brazilwood, that although they are living things they
    are as good as goldS²

    Columbus and his men also used the Taino as sex slaves: it was a common
    reward for Columbus¹ men for him to present them with local women to rape. As he
    began exporting Taino as slaves to other parts of the world, the sex-slave
    trade became an important part of the business, as Columbus wrote to a friend
    in 1500: ³A hundred castellanoes (a Spanish coin) are as easily obtained for a
    woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers
    who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten (years old) are now in

    However, the Taino turned out not to be particularly good workers in the
    plantations that the Spaniards and later the French established on

    Hispaniola: they resented their lands and children being taken, and
    attempted to fight back against the invaders. Since the Taino where obviously
    standing in the way of Spain¹s progress, Columbus sought to impose discipline on
    them. For even a minor offense, an Indian¹s nose or ear was cut off, se he could
    go back to his village to impress the people with the brutality the Spanish
    were capable of. Columbus attacked them with dogs, skewered them with pikes,
    and shot them.

    Eventually, life for the Taino became so unbearable that, as Pedro de
    Cordoba wrote to King Ferdinand in a 1517 letter, ³As a result of the sufferings
    and hard labor they endured, the Indians choose and have chosen suicide.
    Occasionally a hundred have committed mass suicide. The women, exhausted by labor,
    have shunned conception and childbirthS Many, when pregnant, have taken
    something to abort and have aborted. Others after delivery have killed their
    children with their own hands, so as not to leave them in such oppressive

    Eventually, Columbus and later his brother Bartholomew Columbus who he left
    in charge of the island, simply resorted to wiping out the Taino altogether.
    Prior to Columbus¹ arrival, some scholars place the population of
    Haiti/Hispaniola (now at 16
    million) at around 1.5 to 3 million people. By 1496, it was down to 1.1
    million, according to a census done by Bartholomew Columbus. By 1516, the
    indigenous population was 12,000, and according to Las Casas (who were there) by
    1542 fewer than 200 natives were alive. By 1555, every single one was dead.

    This wasn¹t just the story of Hispaniola; the same has been done to
    indigenous peoples worldwide. Slavery, apartheid, and the entire concept of
    conservative Darwinian Economics, have been used to justify continued suffering by
    masses of human beings.

    Dr. Jack Forbes, Professor of Native American Studies at the University of
    California at Davis and author of the brilliant book ³Columbus and Other
    Cannibals,² uses the Native American word wétiko (pronounced WET-ee-ko) to
    describe the collection of beliefs that would produce behavior like that of
    Columbus. Wétiko literally means ³cannibal,² and Forbes uses it quite intentionally
    to describe these standards of culture: we ³eat² (consume) other humans by
    destroying them, destroying their lands, taking their natural resources, and
    consuming their life-force by enslaving them either physically or economically.
    The story of Columbus and the Taino is just one example.

    We live in a culture that includes the principle that if somebody else has
    something we need, and they won¹t give it to us, and we have the means to kill
    them to get it, it¹s not unreasonable to go get it, using whatever force we
    need to.

    In the United States, the first ³Indian war² in New England was the ³Pequot
    War of 1636,² in which colonists surrounded the largest of the Pequot
    villages, set it afire as the sun began to rise, and then performed their duty: they
    shot everybody-men, women, children, and the elderly-who tried to escape. As
    Puritan colonist William Bradford described the scene: ³It was a fearful
    sight to see them thus frying in the fire and the streams of blood quenching the
    same, and horrible was the stink and scent thereof; but the victory seemed a
    sweet sacrifice, and they [the colonists] gave praise therof to God, who had
    wrought so wonderfullyS²

    The Narragansetts, up to that point ³friends² of the colonists, were so
    shocked by this example of European-style warfare that they refused further
    alliances with the whites. Captain John Underhill ridiculed the Narragansetts for
    their unwillingness to engage in genocide, saying Narragansett wars with
    other tribes were ³more for pastime, than to conquer and subdue enemies.²

    In that, Underhill was correct: the Narragansett form of war, like that of
    most indigenous Older Culture peoples, and almost all Native American tribes,
    does not have extermination of the opponent as a goal. After all, neighbors
    are necessary to trade with, to maintain a strong gene pool through
    intermarriage, and to insure cultural diversity. Most tribes wouldn¹t even want the
    lands of others, because they would have concerns about violating or entering
    the sacred or spirit-filled areas of the other tribes. Even the killing of
    ³enemies² is not most often the goal of tribal ³wars²: It¹s most often to fight
    to some pre-determined measure of ³victory² such as seizing a staff, crossing
    a particular line, or the first wounding or surrender of the opponent.

    This wétiko type of theft and warfare is practiced daily by farmers and
    ranchers worldwide against wolves, coyotes, insects, animals and trees of the
    rainforest; and against indigenous tribes living in the jungles and rainforests.
    It is our way of life. It comes out of our foundational cultural notions.

    So it should not surprise us that with the doubling of the world¹s
    population over the past 37 years has come an explosion of violence and brutality, and
    as the United States runs low on oil, we are now fighting wars in oil-rich
    parts of the world. It shouldn¹t surprise us that our churches are using
    violent ³kill the infidels² video games
    (;oref=slogin) to lure in children, while in parts of
    Africa contaminated by our culture and rich in oil (Congo) rape has become
    so widespread as to make the front page of yesterday¹s New York Times
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    These are all dimensions, after all, our history, which we celebrate on
    Columbus Day. But if we wake up, and we help the world wake up, it need not be
    our future.

    Excerpted and slightly edited from ³The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: The
    Fate of the World and What We Can Do Before It¹s Too Late
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  • #2
    True Story

    When they first came this is what happen.

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    • #3
      just makes ya wonder

      why so many teachers brag this man up... and for columbus ohio, they have an excat replica of the santa maria that they make good monies off of it..go figure how that is a slap in the face too soo many natives in the name of christ...that slave ship is the same thing too me as the hangmans noose in the south...
      Last edited by Pheji Wanbli; 10-18-2007, 11:00 AM. Reason: truth
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      • #4
        hi my friend sent this to me after i asked him to after i saw it on his iphone also he had me lison to whats happen in darfor with the gencide of the women there.
        >Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2007 19:39:16 -0400
        >Subject: Brasscheck TV: The real story of Christopher Columbus
        >Monday is a holiday in the US called
        >Columbus Day held in honor of the man
        >who supposedly "discovered" America.
        >In fact, Columbus' real role was as
        >the initiator of a campaign of genocide
        >against Native Americans that continued
        >for nearly 400 years.
        >Nothing to celebrate.
        >In a country not buried so deeply in
        >propaganda, this holiday would be removed
        >from the calendar.
        >There are lots of reasons for Italian-
        >Americans to celebrate their past. Columbus
        >is not one of them.
        >How the myth is carefully protected by
        >the TV news
        >Columbus Day - Sanitized
        >- Brasscheck
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