Thanksgiving/Columbus: Kind of Terrible.
Thanksgiving is a weird holiday - mainly because we celebrate the first terrorists here in America by killing as many turkeys as humanly possible and then telling everyone what we're thankful for, which came from the sadness of others (Native Americans). Now, I'm not one of those white people who is about to brag about the fact that they are 1/45th Cherokee or complain about the freedom we currently have. I'm merely one of a thousand voices this year asking, "WHY THE FUCK IS THANKSGIVING A HOLIDAY?"
What are we celebrating? Well, let's explore what actually happened:
Nina and Pinta
Everyone, for the most part, remembers learning about the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. The thing most of us don't know is that yes, one ship was called "Santa Maria", but the other two...not so much. According to historians, documents at that time say that the original ships were named after Saints, until perverted sailors got on them and changed history.
Don't Go, Columbus. Seriously.
It turns out, a lot of leading experts told Columbus his calculations(or lack thereof) were incorrect for his journey, but instead of listening, Columbus said:
Pythagorus, not Columbus.
I heard every Thanksgiving holiday in my elementary school and Middle school classes that Columbus set out to prove the Earth was round. Later on, outside of school, I read about Pythagorus who lived in 571 B.C.E. Most of the things I, and others were taught in school, were wrong. How does that make you feel?
Columbus, You're late.
Okay, so he didn't do a lot of stuff, but he DEFINITELY discovered the Americas, right? Umm...well this is awkward. The first to discover North America is normally credited to Leif Eriksson around 1000 C.E. before Columbus, but then, he's not a native american is he? The first of mankind to our knowledge, to find North and South America, were people whose origin can be traced to Mongolia, China, and Siberia about 15,000-30,000 years ago, though this is still being studied. It most definitely was not Christopher Columbus though.
Columbus: Not a Good Guy.
Whoa, um. This is sort of something we all have always known, but try and bury it deep down so we can enjoy our meal and teach our kids about friendship. (Hmm...maybe this isn't the best example.) If you would like to read all about what history tells us about Columbus, read Dominic Selwood's insightful article HERE posted on the Telegraph.
Oh, I mean, Happy Thanksgiving!
(BTW: I support holidays as social gatherings and the time we spend with our families, but not the lies taught to children about each holiday. So try and enjoy yourself this year with your new found knowledge!)