Monday, October 12, 2009

We could do better than Columbus Day.

Of the Arawak Indians that greeted Columbus he wrote in his journal that they,

"brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells.  They willingly traded everything they owned . . . They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features. . . . They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance.  They have no iron.  Their spears are made of cane. . . . They would make fine servants. . . . With fifty men we could subjugate them and make them do whatever we want."

Log of Christopher Columbus, 1492, quoted by Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States (HarperPerennial 1990), p. 1.

I actually drew this cartoon last Thanksgiving, and I think it works just as well for both holidays. Just for the record, I like Thanksgiving much more than Columbus Day.

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