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Wednesday, October 18, 2017


The statues are now among the traitors they represented. And the white people who want to visit those who fought to keep this country divided and keep slavery in place will likely be the only ones who will see them from this point forwarded. 

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As the sun set Tuesday on a beautiful fall day, it also set on Lexington’s two most visible symbols of history rewritten.
  • A bronze statue of John C. Breckinridge, a former U.S. vice president whose last public role was as the Confederate Secretary of War, had stood in a place of honor in Lexington’s public square since 1887. More than two decades after the Civil War ended, the United Daughters of the Confederacy placed it there and persuaded Kentucky legislators that it was a good use of $10,000 of taxpayer money.
  • Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan, a cavalry raider who burned towns and stole horses, was honored nearby with a bronze equestrian statue in 1911, nearly five decades after the Civil War ended. When the memorial group could raise only half the statue’s $15,000 cost, state officials used taxpayer money for the other half.
In both cases, black citizens were not asked their opinions. These statues were all about showing them who was still boss.
The Morgan and Breckinridge statues were among dozens erected around the South during Jim Crow era. The goal was to recast the image of a rebellion to destroy the Union and preserve slavery as a noble “lost cause” of Southern culture and pride.
Those monuments endured for more than a century, but they have begun coming down across the South because they can no longer be explained away as benign artifacts. Modern white supremacists, who have friends in high places, rally around them as hateful symbols of “heritage.” A deadly protest over removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Va., spurred Mayor Jim Gray and the Urban County Council to action.


Black Lives Matter has raised awareness of these statues and race issues in general. Other groups have taken up the cause of pushing back against white racists and white supremacy enablers as a result. And this should be considered a victory because these statues were put up right after the civil war, the message to black people being "you're still nothing and we, the white people, are still in charge"

Southern whites made good on that threat and northern whites followed suit in many ways.

Today is a good day for anti-racism


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On Tuesday, Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., announced they struck a deal to shore up the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Per NBC’s Frank Thorp and Leigh Ann Caldwell, the deal includes:
  • Allowing states to waive out of insurance coverage requirements;
  • Granting catastrophic coverage plans for younger Americans;
  • And providing “interstate compacts” for purchasing insurance.
What’s more, the New York Times reports that the deal would restore money for advertising and outreach that the Trump administration also cut.

The usual bipartisan suspects praised the deal. "I'm very pleased that Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray continue to work so hard to try to stabilize the insurance markets," Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said on “MTP Daily” yesterday. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., added: “I’m very, very excited about this.” And Sen. John McCain said in a statement: “While this deal certainly doesn’t solve all the problems caused by Obamacare, it shows that good faith, bipartisan negotiations can achieve consensus on lasting reform.”
But here’s the fundamental question: Will Republican leaders (especially in the House) and President Trump take the deal? Because it’s going to test how pragmatic they can be, especially with Steve Bannon licking his chops.
Trump embraces the deal — and then appears to back away

In other words, there's a deal on the table that will require a president who talks out of both sides of his mouth to endorse it consistently -- when his two main goals are 1) undermine anything the black president did  2) get tax dollars back to the rich folk. 


Both houses of government, filled with republicans, will have to do something that looks like they are saving the hated "Obamacare" to help low income families as opposed to rich people who want that money to be put back into the government so it can be used to lower rich folks tax rates.

I can't wait to see what happens. The poorest white people, like those in Kentucky, are among those who voted for Trump. We'll see if he slits their collective throats to save the affluent instead.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


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When George Washington was elected president, he reluctantly left his beloved Mount Vernon to serve in Philadelphia, the temporary seat of the nation’s capital. In setting up his household he took Tobias Lear, his celebrated secretary and eight slaves, including Ona Judge, about whom little has been written.
As he grew accustomed to Northern ways, there was one change he couldn’t get his arms around: Pennsylvania law required enslaved people be set free after six months of residency in the state. Rather than comply, Washington decided to circumvent the law. Every six months he sent the slaves back down south just as the clock was about to expire. 

Though Ona Judge lived a life of relative comfort, the few pleasantries she was afforded were nothing compared to freedom, a glimpse of which she encountered first-hand in Philadelphia. So, when the opportunity presented itself, Judge left everything she knew to escape to New England. Yet freedom would not come without its costs. At just twenty-two-years-old, Ona became the subject of an intense manhunt led by George Washington, who used his political and personal contacts to recapture his property." 

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Sunday, October 15, 2017



Sexual Harassment is predatory behavior that often uses blackmail as one of its tools --even though we don't call what men who sexually prey on women "blackmailers."

see part 1

I don't know what the answer to stop men from doing this to us. But I do know that step number one is for women to change how the dance steps are being done. 

I'm not victim blaming. But the truth of the matter is that victims are the ones that have to force change until the oppressors stop enjoying themselves at our expense. Blacks have to force white people stop killing us at will. Women have to stop men preying on us sexually at will. 

This is the way the world works.

For me step number one is to stop thinking of being quiet as being professional.  To be specific that means Ben Affleck's victim no longer has to laugh off a breast squeeze. Casey Affleck goes to court to avoid going to jail. And Taylor Swift doesn't pretend a hand isn't on her ass during a photo shoot. 

In 1993 Anita Hill waited until a man is about to become a Supreme Court Justice to decide the harassment was important enough to risk her career. But in 2017, she should be able to speak up closer to sooner than later.

Anita Hill made sexual harassment real in this country. She gets a lot of credit for that. As a result of her bravery a lot more women wound up winning seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate as a result of women's collective outrage at how lightly Clarence Thomas' behavior was taken. But now we, as women, have to become powerful enough to take the next step. 

For me this means women being powerful enough to handle our business in the here and now whenever sexual harassment occurs. 

Once women have power, we can choose options 1 and 2 more often. Once we have enough power to choose 1 and 2 more often, we make things better for young women and girls coming up behind us.

However, women have to have more social and political power to do this. 

Right now, as far as the gatekeepers are concerned,  "sexual harassment" other men taking  the"boys will be boys" thing a little too far, with Weinstein getting cay too close to rape (before the rape accusations came out)

In order for this to stop on a more permanent basis, women have to become 50% of CEOs, congressmen and presidents. We have to get into a position where we're not begging men in congress to understand our position. 

Unlike the black position with white racism, women are 50% of the population. We can do this. We just have to choose to collectively move to do it.In my mind,  this makes other women problem number one -- and not just the white women that voted for Trump. 

Make no mistake.  Some of the left leaning women in Hollywood (mostly white as that appears to be Weinstein's taste) provided cover for Weinstein for years. 

Back in 2013, MacFarlane was onstage with Emma Stone during awards’ nominations telecast to reveal the five nominees for best supporting actress when he quipped: “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.”

McFarlane's statement did not go viral. In fact, it was barely a blip on the news radar screen. 

This tells me that a lot of people in Hollywood --male and female plus the press too-- knew about Weinstein. And his behavior was simply a normal, part of casting-couch lore

Women not calling him out is a problem in 2017.

You know what else? Maybe we're all complicit. 

We're all used to calling a sexual predator "a bad little big boy" and letting that be the end of it. But now is the time for a change.

Calling women out for protecting men is step one. 

Moving into the halls of power is step two
Changing the laws is step three. 
Calling men out who do this immediately probably has to wait and be step four...because women will continue to lose their jobs without a law change. 


Study finds 75 percent of workplace harassment victims experienced retaliation when they spoke up

Only then can we put men who do this in jail for the mental and emotional toil associated with being blackmailed because that's what Weinstein was really doing.

The Casey Afflecks of this world should be arrested. Penetration isn't necessary. What did and didn't happen, how much coercion to just shut up and take it, should alwasy be assessed in a court of law. Two women made accusations Casey Affleck's case. And while his brother Ben's behavior was a lot milder, he should have been subject to arrest and fined at the very least; he grabbed a woman's breast on camera and he did it deliberately.

We, as women, may not have the power to make all of this happen right now. But we need to see 50% of power positions in this country as a goal. Rooms full of men in D.C. are making decisions about healthcare, birth control, and abortion right now. We as women need to make a change. In the meantime, we can push for a change in the laws right now. 

And I think we need to add a possible blackmail charge to every work-based  sexual harassment case. At a social level, we also need to investigate how far the apples named "Ben" and "Casey" fell from their father's tree because, just like racism, the sexism and the male entitlement associated with sexual blackmail is taught.

Saturday, October 14, 2017


In the workplace, there might not be any difference once the power differential gets but so big between predator and prey.

BACKGROUND: In case you've been living under a rock: A huge movie mogul by the name of Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassing dozens of female actresses over the years. At least one woman has accused him of rape. Many famous actresses including Rose McGowan (quasi-famous) and Angelina Jolie have reported having problems with Weinstein. 

Weinstein is trying to pretend he has a sexual addiction problem much like an alcoholism problem...instead of his having a being-a-predator problem.

And now other movie studio executives and movie actors like Ben Affleck and not so long ago his brother Casey Affleck have been sucked into the sexual harassment whirlwind....and justifiably so, because they are predators too. 

All we're talking about now is the level of predator. 


The gatekeepers in Hollywood, and most businesses, are usually men. 

One of these gatekeeper men was Ben Affleck's keeper when he was a young up-and-comer. Affleck was so sure of his protection as a man that he squeezed a woman's breast knowing perfectly damn well he wouldn't lose his job or even be criticized if she had the nerve to officially report him.

And Hilare Burton didn't report him -- even though there's video of him grabbing her breast

Ben Affleck was so sure of his power he assaulted her on camera. And Hilarie Burton was so sure of his power over her that she laughed it off.

You know what else Hilarie Burton and women like myself know? There's a damn good chance of losing your job if make too big a deal about things like Affleck grabbing a breast

If a man is powerful enough, job loss might even come if a man grabs em by the pussy -- ala TrumpleRacistSkin.


When a radio personality reached up under Taylor Swift's skirt and grabbed her, she was so aware of men's power that she didn't react though cameras were on her. Only Swift's mother could tell that her daughter's face had changed.

Swift reported the incident. The harassment only became public when the man who assaulted her tried to sue her. The case went to court earlier this year.

photo in question is here: 

Swift was undoubtedly a powerful woman a few years back when this happened. And yet she stood there and took it, during a photo shoot, pretending a man didn't have his hand on her bare ass up under her skirt order to behave in a "professional" manner?

Think about how completely thorough rape culture and male supremacy is in this country. A woman is considered professional if she doesn't respond --immediately-- to a man putting his hand on her bare ass.

A lot of white women applauded Swift for going to court. "So brave" they said.

Me? I was pissed she didn't knock his teeth down his throat in the moment it happened.

Think about how rich Swift was a couple of years ago when this happened. Think about how famous she was and is. Do you know how much social power, how much social currency Swift should have had in that moment? 

I know Swift's lack of immediate response has to do with the white culture and young white girls seeing themselves as princesses that must be protected by men.... then waiting around until one of them does it by the time they get to be women. That's why Swift's making a slight break with the white princess expectation garnered her some hero status

... for waiting for men of the courtroom to come to her defense 
instead of 
knocking that predator on his ass FIRST, 
then going to a male dominated courtroom when summoned 
by a predator looking for money
Even so, I'm not saying Swift's lack of immediate response is a result of her being a weak feminist. It's much more likely her behavior is the result of some hardcore social conditioning.

When Angelina Jolie said she had some sort of incident with Weinstein so she decided she'd never work with him again, I was wondering if she was saying she took the professionalism based high road that women are always steered toward.

Many years ago, when I was assaulted at my work place, my one and only focus was not letting the predator see he'd gotten under my skin. I indeed considered myself to be acting in  a professional manner when I behaved like I was NOT scared and upset when I unofficially reported him.  Let me point out, however, not only was I younger than Swift was at the time, I was working as a receptionist through a temp agency.  

In other words, I had no where near the social power that Swift did.  

However, I still understand that the most significant motivation behind Swift's lack of immediate reaction to being sexual assaulted. Stoicism in the face or sexual assault by a man is part of a woman's "professionalism"  

And it always will be in a country where male supremacy is allowed to rule.


Of course, there are different levels of sexual harassment.  Maybe grabbing the boob is a 3 out of 10. 

But maybe Ben's brother Casey Affleck, who was accused of getting into bed with a woman he was working with is an 8 or a 9. 

In 2010, two women who had worked on Affleck’s experimental film I’m Still Here filed sexual harassment suits against him. One of the women claimed that Affleck crawled into bed with her without her consent while she was asleep. He allegedly pressured the other woman to stay in his hotel room and “violently grabbed [her] arm in an effort to intimidate her into staying” when she refused, according to the complaint.
The women claimed he verbally disparaged them and directed a subordinate to expose himself to one of them, among other types of misconduct. They also said that Affleck and the film's star, Joaquin Phoenix, locked themselves in the women's shared hotel room with two other women, allegedly to have sex with them. The full complaints are available here and here.
He was sued for 2 and 2.25 million each.
The claims were settled out of court.

Let's say, almost-rape is a 10 out of 10, with rape itself being on a completely different chart  - a crime which Weinstein may also have committed (The accusation is out there/)

The important thing to keep in mind is that sexual harassers and sexual assault-ers all have one thing in common. 

They are predators, the vast majority of them banking on the social power associated with being a heterosexual male to keep the women they assault silent -- whether the sexual harassment is at level 2, 5, or 10.

Sexual harassers and sexual assault-ers know they can damage or end the careers of the women they attack is part of being a predator. Knowing that other men will laughingly tell them to stop being a cad, at the very most  - if they aren't simply silent, is part of being a successful sexual harassment predator too.

When men with the power of a Harvey Weinstein sexual harass women and get away with it, rape is an obvious next step.

What the Harvey Weinsteins of this world are able to say, 

with winks and nods from their male peers is: 

Say "no" to my sexual advances and I'll hurt your career
I'll allow you to say "no" to my sexual advances, 
but to it carefully or I'll hurt your career


It's not just ungentlemanly behavior

It's not natural for men to behave this way

It's not sexual addiction

Sexual Harassment is predatory behavior that's based on blackmail

Teach men not to prey on women


Friday, October 13, 2017


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Over the past 24 hours, President Donald Trump has taken two actions aimed at mortally wounding the Affordable Care Act. 
  • The first tasks his administration with increasing competition among health care insurers, a move very likely to drive younger people out of the insurance marketplace entirely and driving up costs across the board.  
The key to understanding Trump's motivations here are entirely contained in the ACA's shorthand nickname: Obamacare. It's named after the man -- former President Barack Obama (duh) -- who shepherded it into existence. And that's exactly why Trump wants to get rid of it. 
Trump's entire political life -- dating all the way back to his adoption of birtherism earlier this decade -- is positioned against all things Obama. Why? Because for many Trump supporters in this country, Obama -- and his beliefs about society and government -- were the antithesis of what they believed. (Yes, Obama's race -- and multicultural vision of the country and the world -- were part of that mix as well.)
The best way to distinguish yourself in Republican politics during Obama's time in office was to position yourself against, literally, everything about Obama -- up to and including his legitimacy to be president due to fact-free claims about where he was born. 

The other thing killing Obamacare does is cut millions of federal dollars loose and make them available for his tax cut that's predominantly going to benefit the rich.  

And he's willing to slash at things that benefit poor white people to do it.

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The Congressional Budget Office, or CBO, has said that in the short term, health care premiums would spike, insurers would exit the market and deficits would increase if Trump followed through with his threat.

Insurers have already submitted their premiums for 2018 and in many cases raised rates on the assumption that CSRs would be cut off. That could somewhat blunt the impact of the White House's move.
Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate have discussed appropriating the CSR payments themselves, which would negate the impact of Trump's order. But it's not yet clear GOP leaders would support a bill, which is likely to draw fierce conservative opposition. 



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    Five years ago, a member of the Taliban shot Malala Yousafzai in the head for speaking up for girls’ rights to an education. 
    On Monday, the anniversary of the shooting, Malala attended her first class at the University of Oxford.

    Thursday, October 12, 2017


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    Recently, a Texas teen filed a federal lawsuit against her high school after she was kicked out for refusing to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. 

    According to the New York Daily News, India Landry sat out the pledge hundreds of times since her freshman year at Windfern High School in Houston, Texas, but the senior was only recently reprimanded because [white?] school officials have "been whipped into a frenzy” over NFL players protesting injustice and police violence during the national anthem. 
    Though other students across the country have also joined in the protests, the 17-year-old said she didn’t stand “because it goes against everything I believe in.” 
    “I don’t think that the flag is what it says it’s for, for liberty and justice and all that,” Landry told Houston’s KHOU. “It’s not obviously what's going on in America today.”
    Though the Supreme Court ruled in 1943 that forcing students to stand for the pledge and anthem violates their constitutional rights, India said the principal, Martha Strother, threatened, “If your mom does not get here in five minutes, the police are coming

    Given the recent spate of brutality and extrajudicial killings by police, India’s mother was worried about her daughter’s safety.

    THE KKK & NEO-NAZI's ARE RIGHT. THE FLAG IS MORE THEIRS THAN ANYONE ELSE'S. If they get shot while unarmed, police are a lot more likely to be held accountable because their lives count under that flag.

    In a country where white people can call the police on a kid for not standing for the pledge of allegiance -- when a 1943 supreme court ruling says she doesn't have to stand -- that flag is getting closer and closer to NOT standing for a thing except white racism

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    Wednesday, October 11, 2017


    Letting the Jones Act Waiver expire means the Trump Administration just decided to go back to charging Puerto Rican's twice was much for food and supplies. How The Jones Act does that is explained below. But the question we should be asking ourselves daily is this: 

    How many people have died due to reasons secondary to the storm itself?
    * * * * * Our first clue that a WHITE LIVES MATTER ONLY approach was coming was Trump's paper towel toss as a method of "helping Puerto Ricans"  And he didn't go to Puerto Rico until after he'd gone golfing the weekend before.  

    Compare the paper towel toss to Puerto Ricans to how he helped mostly white folks after a flood in Louisiana.

    In Louisiana he and Pence were there photographed passing out baskets of supplies.Trump even had an eighteen wheeler roll in to Louisiana with even more necessities of life.

    White Supremacy

    Now, Trump's FEMA* is saying it's not their job to hand out supplies Puerto Rico. FEMA said it's the local governments responsibility
    FEMA had the audacity to say this after a category 5 hurricane hit P.R., had the audacity to say this when Puerto Ricans, including local governments, didn't have any electricity or clear roads or fuel or functioning vehicles for a while. 
    How was the local government supposed to pass out supplies? As of yesterday --three weeks later after the storm has gone-- somewhere near 85% still don't have electricity and up to 60% don't have access to clean drinking water.    
    Roads are now clear, but local governments, the mayors, are still floundering without drinking water, gasoline, vehicles etc. 
    If outside help refuses to help distribute supplies, then I guess it's not a mystery as to why supplies aren't moving too far away from the landing zones and docks, is it? 

    Can you imagine  Trump's FEMA saying this crap to white people in Texas and Florida? 

    I can't.

    On a side note, I wonder how many of the paler and richer people on Puerto Rico thought they were cut from a richer, better quality clothe than their darker, poorer cousins. 

    All Puerto Ricans should now know what "not-white" means to at least 57% of white folks on the mainland: It means your humanity is worth less.

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    We all would have seen this coming if we had known that The Jones Act put in place by the United States back in the 1920s means that "U.S. Territory Treatment" is the same as getting the "Colony Treatment" circa the 18th century.

    And the "Colony Treatment" means that the land and people one has invaded exist as one giant supply depot -- which is exactly why the American Colonies (pre-existence of the United States) wanted to get out from under Britain in 1776.

    read more on The Jones Act

    The Jones Act, the obscure 1920 shipping regulation strangling Puerto Rico, explained

    Protectionism and exploitation at its worst.
    The island of Puerto Rico is devastated, with millions lacking power, infrastructure destroyed, homes damaged, and an entire year’s worth of agricultural output essentially ruined. Like any disaster-struck place, it will be in need of supplies brought it from elsewhere in the country.
    But getting goods from the US mainland to Puerto Rico is much more expensive than sending them to Texas or even to other Caribbean islands as a result of a century-old man-made disaster that’s been crippling the island’s economy for a long time.
    Meet the Jones Act, an obscure 1920 regulation that requires that goods shipped from one American port to another be transported on a ship that is American-built, American-owned, and crewed by US citizens or permanent residents.
    For most Americans, this isn’t a big deal — it enriches a small number of American shipowners while introducing some weird distortions into the overall pattern of economic activity in the United States.
    For the residents of the island of Puerto Rico, though, the Jones Act is huge. Basic shipments of goods from the island to the US mainland, and vice versa, must be conducted via expensive protected ships (and protected companies) rather than exposing them to global competition. 
    That makes everything Puerto Ricans buy unnecessarily expensive relative to goods purchased on either the US mainland or other Caribbean islands, and drives up the cost of living on the island overall.


    Republican John McCain and another Senator are supposed to be introducing legislation to get rid of the Jones Act altogether. But some American companies are making money hand over fist so there's sure to be some serious pushback. If congress doesn't get rid of the Jones Act before Puerto Rico's story drops off the charts as "important" (sans any dying white folk) I think Puerto Rico is going caught in the proverbial trick bag.

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017


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    The Babysitter Needing Chucklehead elected to run this country is doing his damnedest to keep things this way. That's why he keeps trying to reframe the NFL kneeling protest to support Black Lives Matter Too into a patriotism argument


    I was going to watch the entire commercial before I made a decision on how offensive it was. But I decided I don't care what DOVE meant or if there was a "genuine" difference in the messaging THIS TIME.

    White people have to live with the results of their racist history with black folks. Their inability to keep track of all mountains and mountains worth of racist crap they've pulled on us is their problem.

    HOWEVER, this black-to-white soap thing has been done to death and in the RECENT past too, so I'm going to have to call bullsh*t on the "we didn't know" crap.

    The fact that nobody in their company called bullsh*t before it was made public is even more important. It's very telling about the leadership inside whatever corporation runs DOVE.

    They're all white OR
    POC white-wanna-be-s OR
    POC who are white-appeasing,
    OR are POCs with no authority what-so-ever.

    In a country that is one third people of color, that's ridiculous.

    As for my original point? There's simply no way that nobody noticed how white-racist-ly FAMILIAR this theme was. Anybody below the age of 15 claiming to not see it is dumber than a brick.

    Benefit of the doubt, in regards to this level of white-playin-stupid, are over.


    PSSST! I've seen the entire commercial now.And I was right. I don't care.

    TWEET OF THE DAY 101017


    Monday, October 9, 2017


    In fourteen hundred ninety-two
    Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

    He had three ships and left from Spain;
    He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.

    He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
    He used the stars to find his way.

     A compass also helped him know
    How to find the way to go.

    Ninety sailors were on board;
    Some men worked while others snored.

    Then the workers went to sleep;
    And others watched the ocean deep.

    Day after day they looked for land;
    They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.

    October 12 their dream came true, Y
    ou never saw a happier crew!

    “Indians! Indians!” Columbus cried;
    His heart was filled with joyful pride.

    But “India” the land was not;
    It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.

    The Arakawa natives were very nice;
    They gave the sailors food and spice.

    Columbus sailed on to find some gold
    To bring back home, as he’d been told.

    He made the trip again and again,
    Trading gold to bring to Spain.

    The first American? No, not quite.
    But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.

    This is the little ditty they used to teach us about Columbus when I was a kid. Since this poem can still found this at SCHOLASTIC, a producer of children's books, I'm going to have assume teachers are still using this to whitewash Columbus. 

    This is nothing short of  crime because Christopher Columbus was nothing short of a devil in human skin. I just didn't know how big a devil until I read the comic at the link below.

    I already knew Christopher Columbus left the Americas and went back to Spain for more boats and equipment because he'd seen gold around the native's necks. Even the song taught to children speaks of Columbus going back to Spain then returning again to the Americas (Bahamas)
    I already knew and still know you can't discover land people are already living on.
    As an older kid, I would eventually know Columbus and his crew brought all sort of diseases with them, including sexually transmitted diseases.

    However, I did not know that Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella and everybody else with an education knew the world was round before Columbus sailed the ocean blue.  That is, I knew the Greeks had proven this to be so centuries earlier. But I didn't know that this news had traveled, even to Spain, France and England.

    So proving the world was round was not one of Columbus's goals like they told to us in elementary school. 

    An old cartoon on Christopher Columbus

    But the facts being incorrect is not nearly as important as what was whitewashed out.

    White Supremacy being what it is, I never supposed that Columbus treated the brown people they found in the Bahamas well. But I had no idea he was the kind of monster who would cut off ears and noses as a way of warning a group of people, "I'm in charge here now"  -- after they saved him and his crew from a sinking ship during the previous trip.

    Trust me. Christopher Columbus was more than a dumpster fire of a human being. He was a devil. And yet there's a federal holiday in his name? 


    Read more. This quasi-comic strip tells the real story

    * * * * * *
    The real story of Columbus again, in a more standard format
    as written by Jack Weatherford is Professor of Anthropology at Macalaster College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is author of Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World and several other books... The essay above is adapted from an article Professor Weatherford wrote in 1989 for the Baltimore Evening Sun

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