Great

1 Oct

To mark the approaching Columbus Day.

 

 

Great

 

In fourteen hundred ninety-two,

Columbus sailed the ocean blue

The natives died at his own hands,

and his men destroyed the virgin land.

He raped the women whenever he pleased

He brought the natives to their knees

Once ousted as governor, now idolized

Held on a pedestal before whitewashed eyes

His men could not deny his crimes,

yet his saga stands the test of time –

And so today we celebrate

The legacy of Columbus the Great.

“As a result of the sufferings and hard labor they endured, the Indians choose and have chosen suicide. Occasionally a hundred have committed mass suicide. The women, exhausted by labor, have shunned conception and childbirth… Many, when pregnant, have taken something to abort and have aborted. Others after delivery have killed their children with their own hands, so as not to leave them in such oppressive slavery.”

-Pedro de Cordoba, in a letter to King Ferdinand, 1517.

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