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DemocracyNow.org - As the nation commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the so-called "New World" in 1492, indigenous activists at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, are pushing for schools to teach the "real history of the Americas" and to celebrate indigenous culture. "Columbus Day" has long evoked sadness and anger amongst people of color, especially Native Americans, who object to honoring a man who opened the door to European colonization, the exploitation of native peoples and the slave trade. We're joined by three guests involved with "The Real History of the Americas" day: Esther Belin, a writing instructor at Fort Lewis College and a member of the Navajo Nation; Shirena Trujillo Long, coordinator of El Centro de Muchos Colores at Fort Lewis College and chair of the "The Real History of the Americas" Committee; and student activist Noel Alla-Ta-Ha, a member of the White Mountain Apache tribe and Fort Lewis College senior.DemocracyNow.org - As the nation commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus to... more
Tony D interviews creators at the Greater Atlantic City Comic Con at the Shore Mall.
The query or you might term it a keyword or trend ‘Is there school on Columbus Day?’ is being witnessed a lot on the search engines. The search is going onThe query or you might term it a keyword or trend ‘Is there school on Columbus... more
Are banks open on Columbus Day? This is what people have been searching over the web. To answer this, most of them are closed today. Like are banks openAre banks open on Columbus Day? This is what people have been searching over the web.... more
Saying you are the first person to accomplish something is exciting. On this day in 1492, Christopher Columbus got to the New World, and yelled "First!" Even though like, many the internet commenter, he wasn't actually the first.
There were already loads of people here. And if you need a qualifier, the Vikings were the first Europeans to yell "f1rst" long before Cristóvão Colombo. But he got his own holiday, and some people don't have to go to work today. Good work, sort of.
Unlike Cristóbal Colón, I am interested in actual firsts. I'm not an imperialist conquistador, instead I spend my time thinking of words that no other person in the history of information has ever thought of. Through the use of 'search engines' you are able to discover if you truly are the "FIRST!" to come up with certain ideas.
For example my apartment is haunted (it's not, but bear with me.) I could say that I have a "haunted apartment" and that'd be fine. There are plenty of other people who've had that thought before. Someone even had the foresight to purchase the domain: hauntedapartment.com.
But I want to pwn n00bs and be f1rst, so I searched for the terms "hauntpartment" and "apartmaunted." Nothing comes up.
When you reach the end of the internet, and can't find the word you searched for, this means that you are the first person in the history of information to publish these words. Congratulations.
I've done this a few other times. I coined the terms raunchmaninoff and durangotonik. It feels good to know that I truly am FIRST!
I want to know if you've ever had a similar experience. What ideas were you truly the first to have? Let me know in the comments.Saying you are the first person to accomplish something is exciting. On this day in... more
Stand-up comedian Chris Martin talks about Chinese stereotypes, Oprah and the Olympics, Bill Clinton and the Dolly Parton, Chris Brown, Steve Jobs, Roman Polanski, and Columbus Day October 5, 2009 at Cafe Diem Comedy Night in Richmond, VA.Stand-up comedian Chris Martin talks about Chinese stereotypes, Oprah and the... more
Stand-up comedian Chris Martin talks about Chinese stereotypes, Oprah and the Olympics, Bill Clinton and the Dolly Parton, Chris Brown, Steve Jobs, Roman Polanski, Michael Moore and Columbus Day October 4, 2009 at Europa Cafe in Richmond, VA.
Chris Martin ComedyStand-up comedian Chris Martin talks about Chinese stereotypes, Oprah and the... more
A country tells so much about itself through its national holidays. The stories from the heart of the country are evidenced in those celebrations. Yesterday, on most calendars, was Columbus Day in the U.S. Some calendars call it Indigenous People’s Day.
I have echoes of how I celebrated this day as a child in Department of Defense schools. Dressed up for the occasion, I often joined the other non white kids to play a little Indian with my hair in braids, sometimes called Pocahontas. The day was taught, as many American myths are, as “history”: In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue, then he had an awesome picnic with the Indians, who subsequently started scalping white people in caravans of wagons while screaming, and now we’re here!
I’d like to say I intuited that something was wrong with the story, but memory says I bought it all. I wasn’t exactly patriotic, but there were good guys and bad guys, and at that point white people were usually the good guys.
I had some scarring middle school experiences with race in a small Georgia town, and my heart began to attempt the reconciliation of the violence and racism I'd experienced at the hands and mouths of white kids with the identity of whiteness I'd seen modeled by my mom. That reconciliation is still in progress and I am writing much more on that specifically so stay posted.
But about that time, I had a teacher shift the whole frame, tell me about imperialism and manifest destiny, about how unfunny the mistake of Columbus was, about the shady dealings and violence and smallpox and ultimately the attempt to erase the "savage" spirit wherever it existed in the world. This came as a one-two punch, with a huge breakdown of slavery, which had been fairly glossed over up to this point, oversimplified. I learned of Northerners having slaves, and the economic factors in ending slavery. I was as devastated by all of this as I had been when I learned of the Holocaust in Germany, where I spent most of my life growing up.
In Germany, I'd felt a specific and curious fear...these people had killed Jews and Gypsies and anyone else they didn't like, gathered them up and gassed them and burned them? I would stare little old Germans down, but in the town center where the Neo-Nazi kids would gather and harrass us, I ran.
Learning about the genocide of Indigenous people and the enslavement of my ancestors clicked something open for me. The past was not that long ago, and those who thrived in this modern society were in fact still benefiting from those injustices.
I realized that given the right political conditions, I and the ones I love could become the prey, the workforce, the "over" in an overpopulation scenario, the other when difference creates fear. It has happened before, it is happening now. Living in New York during 9/11 and in the U.S. since then I have watched the continuing practice of creating others - Arabs, immigrants - and gathering them, disappearing them.
So I went through the beginning of my real politicization. With these new eyes I could see the efforts of imperialism everywhere, I used the word too much in trying to piece it all together. In history I saw a long a painful story of the human need to conquer, torture, control and eradicate each other. I actually couldn't find a point in history without slavery and suffering. The impact of having had personal experiences of being treated horrifically for the race and gender I was born to, combined with this politicization, uttered a hopelessness into my spirit that I wrestle with to this day.
**********CONTINUESA country tells so much about itself through its national holidays. The stories from... more
WCBS reporter Marla Diamond took these photos during the 2008 New York City Columbus Day Parade - Monday, October 13, 2008.WCBS reporter Marla Diamond took these photos during the 2008 New York City Columbus... more