My whole life Columbus Day had been a day some people celebrate and again a throw away comment on FB made me check my facts and change the way I look at things.
My Gawd! Life is funny and sad. I’m in my forties…..well just barely, but my whole life growing up Columbus Day had been a kind of Holiday. NYC even has parades and sales, I think. I always believed Columbus was Italian. Well, aren’t I the ignorant one! Now looking it up on Google I find that there is also the belief that the man may have been Spanish and a murderer of the indigenous Arawak Indian people of Haiti and enslaved them to Spain and just about single-handedly wiped them off the face of the earth!
So, what to do with this supposed truth? Wow……I don’t know if I’ll ever think of Columbus Day the same again. Is history being rewritten? Or are we just learning more as we go along?
His biography says he was born in Genoa, Italy and his first exploration was financed by Spain by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella so I guess it’s up to you to use your own discernment. He thought he found Asia, but in fact it was Haiti. In truth of fact the Vikings were the first to discover the New World not Christopher Columbus like it always was said.
There are so many conflicting facts, it would take hours to decide what is what. I’ll leave it up to you to decide what you think is real….I’m for Christopher Columbus was Italian and sailed the ocean blue in 1492. . .he may have enslaved Arawak people, I don’t know, I wasn’t there. Slavery isn’t acceptable now, unfortunately it was acceptable then. That doesn’t make it right…but times change and there have been slaves since the beginning of time…dominant people will always dominate weaker people. It sucks but it is a fact of life. They will have to answer if there is a God. If you haven’t done it, you are okay, right?! Sometimes slaves may be better off than the working class poor, though I would never opt for slavery, I would always want freedom…..anyway, I think I’ll get off my soapbox……..so there is my blog on Columbus Day! Controversial, maybe! What do you think?
© Evelyn Garone 10/8/12