by Eleanor Goldfield
We’ve all heard it…”in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…”
It sounds so adventurous, so innocently inquisitive –
like Indiana Jones minus the Nazis and doomed temples.
However, as almost all adults now know, Columbus was anything but an innocent explorer – he was in fact, a mass murdering genocidal rapist, thief and mad man who went the wrong way, “discovered” an entire continent already inhabited by millions of people and started a trend that would ultimately result in the killing off of almost an entire indigenous population.
So yeah, think it’s about time we #AbolishColumbusDay.
Here’s a little poem – how I think it should’ve gone back in elementary school…
In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…
The wrong way, we now know –
’twas to India he was supposed to go –
But it’s not just bad direction –
that we celebrate with great affection –
but rape and pillage, torture, hey –
we couldn’t find a word to rhyme
with lunatic or genocide
so instead we made an idol
of yet another mad man –
and rewrote history with Indians and discovered lands –
proud legacies made from blood stained hands.
So, celebrate today –
by going to a house not yours.
kill the host who offers most
and claim it as your own.
And maybe next year,
we can get a day off
for Hitler’s birthday…