The title of this is provocative but true, and we’re launching our serial killer section with it. Today, America celebrates the life of its first mass serial killer, Christopher Columbus.
Most schoolchildren are taught early in school that Columbus is some kind of hero–the man who discovered America. The endurance of this lie in popular culture is testament to the powers of historical revisionism and cultural propaganda. Not only did Columbus NOT discover America, his reign as Viceroy of San Domingo was widely known to be one of the most brutal and genocidal regimes in human history.
Maybe this is not a surprise to you. Knowledge of it is far more widespread than it used to be, though some scholars still publicly deny it. But by way of hundreds of eye witness accounts documented in the 15th and 16th centuries and that which was recorded by friends and family, we know today Christopher Columbus and his men were responsible for the eradication of the Taíno Indians. In 1492, the year Columbus sailed the ocean blue, the indigenous population numbered around 8 million; only 4 years later, it was reduced to 3 million. Within fifty years of his arrival, they were considered extinct–wiped out by systematic slavery, pestilence, and murder.
From the moment they set foot on the New World, Columbus and his soldiers treated the peaceful Lucayan, Taíno, and Arawak as slaves. Thousands upon thousands were murdered for sport, hacked apart and tortured. Girls as young as 9 and 10 were sold into sexual slavery. Entire villages of people were wiped out indiscriminate of gender or age. Columbus instituted a law making every Taino Indian over the age of 14 produce a hawk’s bell of gold each year. If they didn’t, he cut off their hands and let them bleed to death.
This isn’t a conspiracy theory, nor is it Anti-western propaganda.
So this Columbus day, the Ghost Diaries encourages you to seize and burn all textbooks depicting Columbus as a hero. Statutes and monuments are to be shattered and destroyed. Newscasters and well-wishers who say “Happy Columbus Day!” must be hunted down, stripped of everything they love, humiliated, tortured and killed. That’s the way Columbus would have wanted it.
Sorry, dark post for a dark day…plus it’s Monday!
Sources used: Indians Are Us by Ward Churchill; Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen