by Tyler Walpole
And this is why I hate Christopher Columbus.
Uhm no. This was good until they got to that fucker Bartolomé de las Casas and someone fixed their mouths to utter ‘Deify’.
Do you know how Las Casas ‘saved the Indians’? By advocating for for African Slaves; Africans being much ‘hardier and sturdier’ and in his mind, less likely to commit mass suicide in rebellion.
He gave up his Taino Slaves, but got new BLACK ONES.
Christopher Columbus and Bartolomé de las Casas are EQUAL FUCKERS in ENSLAVING and DEHUMANIZING.
And in the Caribbean we KNOW THIS, starting at the very least from my Father’s generation, when independence happened and OUR historians got to make the books to teach us; vs the Spanish and the English and the French.
Christopher Columbus and Bartolomé de las Casas BOTH deserve to be burned in effigy.
Whoever the fuck ‘theoatmeal’ is, they’re as shitty as zenpencils.
Reblogging for additional commentary because FUCKING IMPORTANT.
Yeah, yeah. And if you look at the webcomic of the Oatmeal you can read this at the end of the page:
All of the information in this essay came from A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn, and Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James W. Loewen, both of which uses primary sources such as eyewitness accounts, journal entries, and letters from Christopher Columbus himself.
A very important note about Bartolomé de las Casas and the African slave trade
This issue keeps coming up and, despite my footnotes, I keep seeing commentary about it so I’m going to address it here.
Initially, Bartolomé de las Casas advocated the use of African slaves instead of native labor. In the first few years after he renounced his land and title, his initial cause was to end the suffering of the natives, rather than seeking an end to the institution of slavery itself, and so this became his deplorable rationale for the endorsement of African slavery. Bartolomé de las Casas eventually retracted those views, however, and came to see all forms of slavery as being equally wrong. In The History of the Indies published in 1527, he wrote the following:
I soon repented and judged myself guilty of ignorance. I came to realize that black slavery was as unjust as Indian slavery…
I know that the discovery of the New World means a lot of different things to a lot of different cultures. I like the sound of Bartolomé Day. If you don’t like that, call it Indigenous People’s Day. Or perhaps Chris-Columbus-was-a-turd Day. I’d even settle for just calling it MONDAY.
and I was not sure that my ignorance and good faith would secure me in the eyes of God.
But please, oh please
do not call it Columbus Day.