Celebrating Indigenous Survival & Resistance, Not Columbus

Today is a federal holiday here in the United States — Columbus Day. Many of you probably share my disdain for the continued celebration of a man who helped kick off the colonization of the Americas and the genocide of indigenous peoples over 500 years ago, just as Guru Nanak was laying the groundwork for Sikhi to be born in Punjab. Gloating about his relentless pillaging, Columbus once stated, “I ought to be judged as a captain who for such a long time up to this day has borne arms without laying them aside for an hour.”

We Sikhs are truth-seekers and freedom fighters. Let’s stand with indigenous people throughout the Americas today, mourning those millions whose lives were taken by Columbus and the European colonizers who came after, and celebrating the spirit of resistance and quest for sovereignty which persist today throughout Turtle Island.

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11 Responses to “Celebrating Indigenous Survival & Resistance, Not Columbus”

  1. Sahar says:

    Oh, fo God's sake,how can yoube so anti-Columbus but also not endorse an anti-muslim view of S. Asian history? Consistency, please!

  2. Blighty Singh says:

    I find the way you think very refreshing Brooklynwala. It seems a very European way of thinking in comparison with what the normal American way. It is often stated by academics in the United Kingdom that Americans do not possess the capability to understand alternative thoughts and viewpoints, or at least are not as open to understand, because, unlike Europeans, they have, throughout their day, very little street interaction with a wide variety or rainbow of people with different views. The average American lives in a distant suburb full of people just like him. When he passes people that are different it is either in his car or in the mall. There is no great street interaction. To that effect, New York is unique in that continent. Very very similar to London etc. So many different people of varying social strata having genuine close proximity street interaction, making them far more open to alternative viewpoints.
    Sorry…..I know this post has nothing to do with the topic….but I just wanna point out Brooklynwala, that I think you're New York through and through. It has shaped you. I like it.

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