"Christopher Columbus introduced two phenomena that revolutionized race relations and transformed the modern world: the taking of land, wealth, and labor from indigenous peoples, leading to their extermination, and the transatlantic slave trade, which created a racial underclass."

James W. Loewen in Lies My Teacher Told Me

In short, Christopher Columbus was one of the fathers of colonialism, slavery and racism*. Good job. Why do we celebrate him again?

* Yes, there are scholars that see racism (as opposed to general xenophobia) as a relatively new phenomena that arose as a defense of the enslavement of non-white peoples. Slavery did exist previous to this, however it was not until this point racially-based. (via themuckofages)

(via seriouslyamerica)

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