October 11, 2010

Columbus Day 2010 protests

Columbus Day parade makes slim showing

By Kirk MitchellDenver's Son's of Italy Columbus Day Parade scheduled to go as long as four hours, lasted barely 40 minutes, when normal traffic resumed on Broadway.

Even the group of protesters was on the smallish side and were difficult to hear across Broadway except for a few with microphones.
And:Connie Truax's toy schnauzer Lacy was terrified by the cannons just before the parade started. But when it got moving she charmed the few people scattered along the parade route.

A Tom Tancredo supporter, Truax pushed a wheel chair with Lacy and a stuffed Uncle Sam aboard.
What a shock to learn that a Columbus supporter is also a Tancredo supporter. Tancredo is a Tea Party favorite; he's a bigot who hates Mexicans and probably thinks Obama is a Kenyan Muslim.


Group Rejects Explorer

Protesters Rally to Dispute Columbus Day’s Misconceptions

By Matthew Schneider
Members of the Santa Barbara Chapter of the American Indian Movement are hosting the second annual Anti-Columbus Day Demonstration Rally today to challenge the widespread belief that Columbus was the discoverer of the Americas.

The non-violent protest will take place in downtown Santa Barbara at the Dolphin Fountain at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The rally will promote the celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day, rather than Columbus Day.
American Indians in San Antonio host Columbus Day protest

By KENS 5 StaffChristopher Columbus has long been celebrated, but some claim there's nothing to celebrate.

Members of the American Indian movement held signs in protest of Christopher Columbus.

It happened steps away from the statue put in place to honor the explorer.

For many Native Americans, Columbus is seen as a slave trader who helped destroy Native tribes.
Native American students to demonstrate on Quad for Columbus Day

By Julia TerrusoWhen members of Native American Students at Syracuse demonstrate on the Quad Monday, their intention won't be to bash Christopher Columbus, but to tell a part of history often left out of grade school history books.

"We always learn of Columbus as being this great explorer who found the new world," said Alex Jimerson, president of NASAS and a senior public health major. "You don't get the other part of the story in terms of what he did when he got here--killing and enslaving indigenous people. I learned that side from my parents."

Jimerson, who is from the Cattaraugus Reservation, south of Buffalo, wants to use the federal holiday as an opportunity to celebrate indigenous survival and to raise awareness for threats past and present, rather than to focus on Columbus alone.
Comment:  AIM Santa Barbara is also the organization that protested The Dudesons at the MTV Awards.

This sentence:For many Native Americans, Columbus is seen as a slave trader who helped destroy Native tribes.is phrased incorrectly. It implies that Columbus's slave trading was a perception rather than a fact. What the writer probably meant to say was:Columbus was a slave trader who helped destroy Native tribes. For many Native Americans, these facts are central to his historical reputation.For more on the subject, see "Sad, Hollow" Columbus Defenders, Columbus the Cannibal, and Why We Believe in Columbus.

Below:  "The American Indian Movement paints a different picture of Columbus, claiming he committed human rights offenses against the native people."


Burt said...

Columbus Day should be an embarrassment for Americans since both continents were named after Amerigo Vespucci over Columbus thereby continuing half a millineum of false and incomplete recognition. This begs the question as to why America honors a man that was criticized by his own country at the time for torture and barbarism, two traits Americans seem to hold dearly even today.

The misnaming and identification of indigenous peoples for well over 500 years continues today as Americans still foolishly call native people, "INDIANS".

Is it laziness or just plain acceptable ignorance? Perhaps like our white brethren, as natives, it is easier and acceptable to call all white people white, whether they are German or Jewish, Christian or Catholic, they are all the same tribe?

Hopefully, someday, we will ALL get it right?

You cannot discover what was already found. It is a concept non-natives just do not get!

dmarks said...

Once again... so well stated.

But please let's keep Amerigo's name. No Vespucchiland, Novamundia, or Usonia!

Rob said...

For more on the subject, see:


Columbus Day based on lies, local group says


Columbus Day protested:  Petition asks that governor switch name to Indigenous People's Day