WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS LEFT-LEANING LIBERAL WEENIE CONTENT
There were protests in New York City and elsewhere yesterday, as there are every year, calling for a change in what school kids are taught about Christopher Columbus.
Truth is, he wasn’t an intrepid explorer out to discover new lands. He was out to make himself and the King and Queen of Spain rich. When he arrived in the new world, he noticed some of the Indians were wearing gold earrings, so he immediately took them prisoner and demanded to be led to the source of the gold. Thus began several centuries marked by the systematic removal of Native Americans from the land that was rightfully theirs. Those who didn’t go peacefully were killed.
Meanwhile, the NFL national anthem protests continued over the weekend and it occurred to me that the protests were really about the same thing, that in the 21st century in the United States of America, wealthy white men still exercise most of the power. They determine our laws, they determine what our kids are taught about history and they determine who wins and who loses in our capitalist economic system.
I realize a lot of people disagree with me about this. Many of them are wealthy white men. Go figure.