Happy Columbus day… Or Not Really

Today is a day many recognize as Columbus day, the man originally deemed the discoverer of the America’s we know today. We know Columbus was not the first to discover the Americas nor was he the first to discover the earth was round. He was the first, however, in other exploits, namely genocide and the transatlantic slave trade. Rather than running out to get your greedy hands on an overpriced, outdated piece of technology, remember the indigenous people who inhabited this land many, many years before the white man landed on this piece of earth. Remember the millions of indigenous people who were slaughtered, raped and gentrified by the white man. Remember the Trail of Tears, the forced relocation of tens of thousands of indigenous people, resulting in the death and starvation of 2000-6000 relocated souls. Remember their culture, their language and traditions, their spirituality that still flows through the earth’s veins. Remember the countless wars fought and lost by the indigenous people, who were mercilessly gunned down with weapons superior than theirs, wives and children raped and murdered, left to rot as nothingness, less than human, while their land was stolen and developed. Remember the hatred, the fear and extreme racism, the cruelty brought on by the white man that can still be felt today by people of color.

“Upon suffering beyond suffering: the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again. In that day, there will be those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things and the young white ones will come to those of my people and ask for this wisdom. I salute the light within your eyes where the whole Universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am that place within me, we shall be one.” – Crazy Horse, Oglala Sioux Chie

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