As a naturalized citizen of this great nation I pay close attention to holidays, their meanings and of course to the recipes I need to master. I look forward to Thanksgiving, try to ignore Halloween’s evolution into a ‘begging for obesity competition’ and attempt to forgive everyone for not wanting to burn Guy Fawkes at the stake on November 5th.
However, today being Columbus Day, I have to confess to my complete astonishment that this is a day that is marked in any way for any reason. I don’t mention my disdain of Columbus very often for fear of causing offense, I just secretly muse and wish that the history of this man was addressed correctly in schools and his legacy of slavery would be understood for what it really is.
So why would I ‘out’ myself in such spectacular fashion?
Well a number of reasons really but it boils down to ”whitewashing’. In a week that I read about the Texas textbook that called slaves ‘plantation workers’ and the furor over a white actress playing Tiger Lily in Pan, I thought that nobody was discussing one of the biggest re-writes of them all, until I stumbled upon an interesting article.
Written by James Nevius who I am assuming from his website is American but published in a British newspaper The Guardian, this piece made me realize I was not alone in my aforementioned disdain for the explorer. Whilst I understand that most explorers get lost and many discoveries, both geographical and scientific are made accidentally and times, people and collective societal attitudes change with enlightenment and understanding leading to many cases that could and should be made for many other causes; but today is Columbus Day and I really don’t see the need for it.
Read Jame Nevius’ article: Christopher Columbus was a lost Sadist.