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Happy Indian Genocide Day!
By Ernest Stewart

"If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans." --- Stephen Hawking

So, what are your plans to celebrate National Indian Genocide Day, America? Will you celebrate in the traditional way of stealing some Indian lands and murdering the tribe, while kidnapping the children to send to an "Indian School?" That's always a lot of fun, huh? I'd remind you that Columbus wasn't looking for a route to India; India didn't exist in 1492. In 1492, it was called Hindustan; and he didn't name the natives Hindus, did he? He named them "The Children of God" or "Indios" from the Latin "Los Ninos de la Indios." Nor, of course, did he discover anything. The Viking's predate his discovery by over 500 years; so, why isn't it called Vikings Day? That's a name that the tribes could get behind -- as the Vikings were wiped out every time they tried to settle. Not to mention, many English fisherman who knew about the Grand Banks off of Newfoundland long before Chris made the scene.

We wouldn't be in the position we are in today without murdering the tribes in the United Snakes and Mexico; this gave us lots of practice before we climbed upon the world stage in 1898. Sure, Columbus murdered about 12 million natives in the Caribbean (not to mention those "explorers" who followed in Central and South America) by conquest, or slavery, or European diseases to the point that Indian mothers would strangle their children at birth to keep them from being slaves under Spanish rule. In fact, by 1542, there wasn't a single Carib Indian left -- total genocide of a people! Still, by our standards, he was a piker as we've killed some 60 million Indians to date -- and are still at it! Seems a pity that Massasoit didn't do to the Pilgrims what the Cherokee did to Jamestown, instead of saving them from starvation and the elements!

In case you were wondering, other than the obvious reasons, why we celebrate this genocidal maniac, here's a brief history:
"Columbus Day first became an official state holiday in Colorado in 1906, and became a federal holiday in the United States in 1937, though people have celebrated Columbus's voyage since the colonial period. In 1792, New York City and other U.S. cities celebrated the 300th anniversary of his landing in the New World. President Benjamin Harrison called upon the people of the United States to celebrate Columbus Day on the 400th anniversary of the event. During the four hundredth anniversary in 1892, teachers, preachers, poets and politicians used Columbus Day rituals to teach ideals of patriotism. These patriotic rituals were framed around themes such as support for war, citizenship boundaries, the importance of loyalty to the nation, and celebrating social progress.

"Many Italian-Americans observe Columbus Day as a celebration of their heritage, the first occasion being in New York City on October 12, 1866. Columbus Day was first enshrined as a legal holiday in the United States through the lobbying of Angelo Noce, a first generation Italian, in Denver. The first statewide Columbus Day holiday was proclaimed by Colorado governor Jesse F. McDonald in 1905, and it was made a statutory holiday in 1907. In April 1934, as a result of lobbying by the Knights of Columbus and New York City Italian leader Generoso Pope, Congress and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made October 12 a federal holiday under the name Columbus Day."
While initially all the 48 states recognized Columbus Day as a state holiday, some have stopped. Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon, and South Dakota no longer celebrate or recognize it at all; Iowa and Nevada don't celebrate Columbus Day as an official holiday. Furthermore, California and Texas no longer make it a paid holiday. In other words, things are beginning to look up -- no thanks to "Foggy Bottom." New things like gay marriage, legalizing pot, and the reality about Chris might make one hope that a better day is coming; but it's a day that'll have to be fought for. As Frederick Douglass once said: "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will!"


05-11-1946 ~ 09-13-2014
His death announced on October 7th
Thanks for the music!

01-07-1938 ~ 10-04-2014
Thanks for the music!

08-01-1930 ~ 10-05-2014
Thanks for the film!


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(c) 2014 Ernest Stewart a.k.a. Uncle Ernie is an unabashed radical, author, stand-up comic, DJ, actor, political pundit and for 13 years was the managing editor and publisher of Issues & Alibis magazine. Visit me on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter.

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