Illegitimate Tr*ump, the first American — fascist — president, disapproves of removing Columbus statues. He stated, “We believe we should preserve our history, not tear it down.” Tr*ump, as usual, misses the point but adds, “Has to be stopped, it’s heritage.” Now, just because he’s a fascist imbecile, doesn’t mean he’s wrong about that “heritage.”
When Christopher Columbus first set foot on the white sands of Guanahani island, he performed a ceremony to “take possession” of the land for the king and queen of Spain, acting under the international laws of Western Christendom. Although the story of Columbus’ “discovery” has taken on mythological proportions in most of the Western world, few people are aware that his act of “possession” was based on a religious doctrine now known in history as the Doctrine of Discovery. Even fewer people realize that today – five centuries later – the United States government still uses this archaic Judeo-Christian doctrine to deny the rights of Native American Indians.
Continuing, the “heritage” of a ceremony to “take possession” of the land that the United States government (still )uses” needs to be completely done away with.
Vandals defaced a Columbus statue with a spray-paint tag calling for the removal of one bust in Queens, days after a similar tribute was knocked off its pedestal in Yonkers in August.
“Now they’re even trying to destroy statues of Christopher Columbus,” he told members of the right-wing think tank, apparently referring to a string of vandalisms targeting the Italian explorer.
Conclusively, Tr*mp is wanting to continue that heritage of land theft.
Now, a group of advisors to President-elect Donald Trump on Native American issues wants to free those resources from what they call a suffocating federal bureaucracy that holds title to 56 million acres of tribal lands, two chairmen of the coalition told Reuters in exclusive interviews.
I wonder if that “group of advisors” thinks like James Robison, who said “The Increasing Wisdom Of Trump’s Tweets Is A Sign Of His Maturing Christian Faith.” Tr*ump, the first American — fascist — president, may disapprove of removing Columbus statues, but he loves him some American fascists.
You have to talk continually to the American people and, God bless him, he’s doing it and I think that his tweets will become wiser and wiser … As he walks out the power of scripture and the truth that wisdom offers and the incredible wisdom that makes possible unbelievable correction and restoration, if he’ll just keep doing that and then just share his heart, more and more you are going to see continuous wisdom. I watch it every day.”
Pestilence and Genocide excerpted from the book American Holocaust by David Stannard Oxford University Press, 1992
WHEREVER THE MARAUDING, DISEASED, AND HEAVILY ARMED SPANISH FORCES WENT OUT ON PATROL, ACCOMPANIED BY FEROCIOUS ARMORED DOGS THAT HAD BEEN TRAINED TO KILL AND DISEMBOWEL, THEY PREYED ON THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES- ALREADY PLAGUE-ENFEEBLED-FORCING THEM TO SUPPLY FOOD AND WOMEN AND SLAVES, AND WHATEVER ELSE THE SOLDIERS MIGHT DESIRE. AT VIRTUALLY EVERY PREVIOUS LANDING ON THIS TRIP COLUMBUS’S TROOPS HAD GONE ASHORE AND KILLED INDISCRIMINATELY, AS THOUGH FOR SPORT, WHATEVER ANIMALS AND BIRDS AND NATIVES THEY ENCOUNTERED, “LOOTING AND DESTROYING ALL THEY FOUND,” AS THE ADMIRAL’S SON FERNANDO BLITHELY PUT IT. ONCE ON HISPANIOLA, HOWEVER, COLUMBUS FELL ILL-WHETHER FROM THE FLU OR, MORE LIKELY, FROM SOME OTHER MALADY-AND WHAT LITTLE RESTRAINT HE HAD MAINTAINED OVER HIS MEN DISAPPEARED AS HE WENT THROUGH A LENGTHY PERIOD OF RECUPERATION. THE TROOPS WENT WILD, STEALING, KILLING, RAPING, AND TORTURING NATIVES, TRYING TO FORCE THEM TO DIVULGE THE WHEREABOUTS OF THE IMAGINED TREASURE-HOUSES OF GOLD.
THE INDIANS TRIED TO RETALIATE BY LAUNCHING INEFFECTIVE AMBUSHES OF STRAY SPANIARDS. BUT THE COMBINED KILLING FORCE OF SPANISH DISEASES AND SPANISH MILITARY MIGHT WAS FAR GREATER THAN ANYTHING THE NATIVES COULD EVER HAVE IMAGINED. FINALLY, THEY DECIDED THE BEST RESPONSE WAS FLIGHT. CROPS WERE LEFT TO ROT IN THE FIELDS AS THE INDIANS ATTEMPTED TO ESCAPE THE FRENZY OF THE CONQUISTADORS’ ATTACKS. STARVATION THEN ADDED ITS CONTRIBUTION, ALONG WITH PESTILENCE AND MASS MURDER, TO THE NATIVE PEOPLES’ WOES.
THE MASSACRES CONTINUED. COLUMBUS REMAINED ILL FOR MONTHS WHILE HIS SOLDIERS WANDERED FREELY. MORE THAN 50,000 NATIVES WERE REPORTED DEAD FROM THESE ENCOUNTERS BY THE TIME THE ADMIRAL HAD RECOVERED FROM HIS SICKNESS. AND WHEN AT LAST HIS HEALTH AND STRENGTH HAD BEEN RESTORED COLUMBUS’S RESPONSE TO HIS MEN’S UNORGANIZED DEPREDATIONS WAS TO ORGANIZE THEM. IN MARCH OF 1495 HE MASSED TOGETHER SEVERAL HUNDRED ARMORED TROOPS, CAVALRY, AND A SCORE OR MORE OF TRAINED ATTACK DOGS. THEY SET FORTH ACROSS THE COUNTRYSIDE, TEARING INTO ASSEMBLED MASSES OF SICK AND UNARMED NATIVE PEOPLE, SLAUGHTERING THEM BY THE THOUSANDS. THE PATTERN SET BY THESE RAIDS WOULD BE THE MODEL THE SPANISH WOULD FOLLOW FOR THE NEXT DECADE AND BEYOND. AS BARTOLOME DE LAS CASAS, THE MOST FAMOUS OF THE ACCOMPANYING SPANISH MISSIONARIES FROM THAT TRIP RECALLED:
ONCE THE INDIANS WERE IN THE WOODS, THE NEXT STEP WAS TO FORM SQUADRONS AND PURSUE THEM, AND WHENEVER THE SPANIARDS FOUND THEM, THEY PITILESSLY SLAUGHTERED EVERYONE LIKE SHEEP IN A CORRAL. IT WAS A GENERAL RULE AMONG SPANIARDS TO BE CRUEL; NOT JUST CRUEL, BUT EXTRAORDINARILY CRUEL SO THAT HARSH AND BITTER TREATMENT WOULD PREVENT INDIANS FROM DARING TO THINK OF THEMSELVES AS HUMAN BEINGS OR HAVING A MINUTE TO THINK AT ALL. SO THEY WOULD CUT AN INDIAN’S HANDS AND LEAVE THEM DANGLING BY A SHRED OF SKIN AND THEY WOULD SEND HIM ON SAYING “GO NOW, SPREAD THE NEWS TO YOUR CHIEFS.” THEY WOULD TEST THEIR SWORDS AND THEIR MANLY STRENGTH ON CAPTURED INDIANS AND PLACE BETS ON THE SLICING OFF OF HEADS OR THE CUTTING OF BODIES IN HALF WITH ONE BLOW. THEY BURNED OR HANGED CAPTURED CHIEFS.”
AT LEAST ONE CHIEF, THE MAN CONSIDERED BY COLUMBUS TO BE HISPANIOLA’S RANKING NATIVE LEADER, WAS NOT BURNED OR HANGED, HOWEVER. HE WAS CAPTURED, PUT IN CHAINS, AND SENT OFF BY SHIP FOR PUBLIC DISPLAY AND IMPRISONMENT IN SPAIN. LIKE MOST OF THE INDIANS WHO HAD BEEN FORCED TO MAKE THAT VOYAGE, THOUGH, HE NEVER MADE IT TO SEVILLE: HE DIED EN ROUTE.