Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress by Howard Zinn

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It’s that time of the year again. In case you missed reading this, here it is again.

by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
October 12, 2009

An excerpt from A People’s History of the United States.

Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island’s beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat. When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking oddly, the Arawaks ran to greet them, brought them food, water, gifts. He later wrote of this in his log:


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  4. You have to be brave just to read this. There will never be real progress in the USA or anywhere, until indigenous truth is understood and its hereditary spirit celebrated in solidarity. “Idle No More!”

    Zinn’s account is alarmingly resonant with ‘IS/daesh’ atrocities today (….for those who may find it worthwhile, there is a fulsome etymological unpacking of “daesh” here )

    As for the Spanish, Andalusia is to this day a place inhabited by the most cruel and oppressed people; animal brutality of unspeakable violence is commonplace under the almost unimaginably corrupt (monocultural) regime of the despicably viral and ‘pious’ Alba dynasty…hence the commendable, now legendary activism of Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo,_18th_Duchess_of_Alba

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