To the editor:

One of the most dreaded days in U.S. history happened this week. Oct. 10 is celebrated by many as Columbus Day. However, do many people know that this is the celebration of a man who is one of the worst mass murderers in world history?

Christopher Columbus brought about the worst genocide and enslavement ever. Worse than Adolf Hitler. Columbus brought over 500 years of imperialism to the new world. Even names like America, Colombia and Chile were imperialist creations.

European colonizers who came to what is now known as the United States slaughtered and enslaved many Native peoples and forced them to assimilate and took their languages, names and cultures away from them. Columbus himself had captured over hundreds of Arawak Native peoples in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba and took them to Spain to be sold as slaves. The ones who did not survive the trip across the Atlantic were fed to his dogs.

Later, Europeans took over 60 million Africans from Africa to be used as slaves in the United States and not many of them survived the long trip and when they were used in the U.S. as slaves they were humiliated, raped, beaten, killed and even robbed of their cultures and religions.

We should not celebrate a man whose legacy is genocide and slavery. Instead, we should rename Columbus Day as the “Day of Indigenous Resistance.” We should celebrate brave Indigenous warriors like Sitting Bull who defeated George Armstrong Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876 and we should celebrate freedom fighters like Assata Shakur and Leonard Peltier who are fighting against injustice and being wrongfully imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. Assata Shakur is now living in Cuba. The charges against her should be dropped here in the United States.

Brandon Harris

Boonville

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