“WWCD, What Would Columbus Do?” Are You Kidding?
by Randy Woodley
”As for the vast mainland…we are sure that our Spaniards, with their cruel and abominable acts, have devastated the land and exterminated the rational people who fully inhabited it. We can estimate very surely and truthfully that in the forty years that have passed, with the infernal actions of the Christians, there have been unjustly slain more than twelve million men, women, and children. In truth, I believe without trying to deceive myself that the number of the slain is more like fifteen million.” Bartolome’ De Las Casas, Devestation of the West Indies
An African American news moderator started his program this morning on MSNBC with the words “Happy Columbus Day!” Then he said, “Of course we have to work today but that’s what Columbus would have wanted.” The irony is not lost on me-but unfortunately, I don’t think he was kidding. I don’t even think he was congnizant of the issues.
Yes, my brown friends, Columbus would want you to work today. His actions are responsible for opening up the African slave trade after disease wiped out about 15 million of the American Indian slaves whom he subjected to digging out his, and other’s gold and silver mines. Columbus would also like to have you cook his food after working 12 hours a day in the mines with only the leftover food he discarded as your pay. He would also like you to supply his soldiers with your sisters, mothers, aunties and daughters so they could rape them daily. Yes, my friend, Columbus really would want you to work and celebrate his special day. Of course, if you refuse he might feed you to his dogs. So work, and do what Columbus would want you to do. Happy Columbus Day to you to too!