Media Project Op-Ed

Columbus Day commemorates a holocaust

Columbus Day commemorates a holocaust
By Ward Churchill

October 2, 2001

On Oct. 12, 1492, a lost ship's captain stumbled upon a Caribbean isle, thereby revealing a whole "New World" to Europe.

Christopher Columbus was half a world away from where he thought he was when he hit the beach on "Espanola." The "Great Navigator" reported to his employers in all seriousness that he'd located the biblical Garden of Eden.

One of Columbus's first misdeeds was to kidnap a hapless group of the island's native residents, carrying them off to Spain, thus beginning the transatlantic slave trade.

It was after his second voyage that things got really ugly.

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