Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Los Angeles and Austin, Texas have now joined the list of liberal-run cities that have eradicated Columbus Day from their calendars and replaced it with "Indigenous Peoples' Day." In LA, the desire to dis the European discoverer was so strong that they rejected a compromise proposal to keep Columbus Day and add "Indigenous Peoples' Day" elsewhere.
"We need to dismantle a state-sponsored celebration of genocide of indigenous peoples," said Chrissie Castro of the LA Native American Indian Commission. "To make us celebrate on any other day would be further injustice."
When thinking of pre-Columbian America, forget what you've seen in the Disney movies. Think "slavery, cannibalism and mass human sacrifice." From the Aztecs to the Iroquois, that was life among the indigenous peoples before Columbus arrived.
For all the talk from the angry and indigenous about European slavery, it turns out that pre-Columbian America was virtually one huge slave camp. According to "Slavery and Native Americans in British North America and the United States: 1600 to 1865," by Tony Seybert, "Most Native American tribal groups practiced some form of slavery before the European introduction of African slavery into North America."
"Enslaved warriors sometimes endured mutilation or torture that could end in death as part of a grief ritual for relatives slain in battle. Some Indians cut off one foot of their captives to keep them from running away."
Things changed when the Europeans arrived, however: "Indians found that British settlers ... eagerly purchased or captured Indians to use as forced labor. More and more, Indians began selling war captives to whites."
That's right: Pocahontas and her pals were slave traders. If you were an Indian lucky enough to be sold to a European slave master, that turned out to be a good thing, relatively speaking. At least you didn't end up in a scene from "Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom."
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