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—Enjoy the holiday while you can. Columbus used to be a hero because he brought white people and Western Civilization to the New Word, but now that makes him a great villain. During the George Floyd riots, no fewer than 32 statues and memorials to Columbus came down — either destroyed by mobs or taken away by terrified bureaucrats.

The holiday will probably be renamed Indigenous Peoples Day. The District of Columbia and 13 states already call it that: California, Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico, Louisiana, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Maine, Vermont, Virginia, and North Carolina.

I have a better name for the holiday, which preserves the tradition of giving credit to a single man, in this case, an “indigenous person” named Opechancanough. He became chief of the Jamestown colony’s Indian neighbors when his older brother, Powhatan, died in 1618. Under Powhatan, whose favorite daughter had married an Englishman, there was an only sporadically violent peace.

Opechancanough was different. In 1622, he hatched a plot to exterminate every white man, woman, and child. By then, there were about 1,200 colonists, and many had Indian helpers and employees. On March 22, the Indians came to work with weapons hidden under their clothes, and rose up and massacred the whites. Fortunately for the colony, the main population at Jamestown got wind of the plot. Men kept weapons handy, and the Indians did not attack.

Even so, Opechancanough’s men managed to kill about 400 whites, or one-third of the colonists. The Indians had special consideration for George Thorpe, who had tried harder than any other colonial leader to be kind to Indians. In the words of a contemporary, they “did so many barbarous despights and foule scornes after to his dead corpse, as are unbefitting to be heard by any civill eare.”

The slaughter began a year-long war with the Indians, but Opechancanough sued for peace, and whites and Indians slowly started mingling again. Amazingly, in 1644, Opechancanough ordered an identical sneak attack, and managed to kill between 400 and 500 English. This time, the colonists went on to kill so many Indians, including Opechancanough, that two years later, the Virginia General Assembly noted with satisfaction that the natives were “so routed and dispersed that they are no longer a nation, and we now suffer only from robbery by a few starved outlaws.”

Opechancanough was a patriot and freedom fighter, a defender of his people against the rapacious white man. Rather than celebrating a tame abstraction — indigenous people — let us celebrate a hero who, not just once but twice, tried to save his tribe, his land, and his way of live by exterminating the hated white man. And Opechancanough is exactly the kind of alien, unpronounceable name that best stands for the America of the future.

(Republished from American Renaissance by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. That was an entertaining read. Thank you.
    I have come to realize that Columbus, as well as so many from our past, was a real POS.
    Still, paving the way for civilization of an entire continent is tough work, and may require actions that are difficult to appreciate by the people reaping the benefits hundreds of years later.

    • Replies: @Anon
  2. Columbus has no real connection to the United States. He never set foot in North America and was a Roman Catholic loonytoon. He had regular conversations with Jesus and the Holy Spirit, who told him it was his holy destiny to rebuild the Jerusalem Temple with the gold he would discover in “the new world” they would lead him to discover. He imagined in this way he would personally inaugurate the Second Coming of Christ. He tried to peddle this crazy scheme to numerous royals but only Isabella of Spain was nutty enough to go along with it. She was a religious fanatic herself, conducting a vicious war with the Muslims, and she expelled the Jews from her kingdom the same year Columbus set sail.

    The British-American colonies began as commercial ventures a century later in land Columbus never knew existed. The Protestants who settled there would have had nothing but contempt for an Italian Papist in any case.

  3. Anon[794] • Disclaimer says:
    @Swollen Goat

    But after peering through research…chiefly primary sources…and analyze, Columbus wasn’t a quite POS, even by today’s standards. Here a quick starting point:
    https://orderisda.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Columbus-Brochure-1.pdf

  4. SMK says: • Website
    @Observator

    Only white leftists, motivated by guilt allayed by a sense of moral superiority, snobbish and elitist hetred of whites who aren’t guilt-ridden and masochistic and self-loathing (e.g., the tens of millions of “racists” and “sexists” and bigots and yahoos who voted for Trump), would rename Columbus day ‘indigenous peoples day,” creating a holdiay to honor and extol tribes of savages who butchered, maimed, tortured, mutilated, and scalped myriads of white males and females, including infants and pregnant women, and often abducting and enslaving and gang-raping the women and adoliscent girls -atrocities they commited against each other for hundreds or thousands of years before the evil white man invaded and conquered and destoryed their utopian paradise.

    • Replies: @Tony massey
  5. Unit472 says:

    Can’t say I ever heard of Opechancanough even though I attended elementary school in the late 1950’s and early sixties in Virginia so early Virginia history was taught. Powahatan and Pocahantas were familiar and the occasional skirmish with Indians but nothing about this monster. I guess he came too near to wiping the colonists out and blemishing what was then a narrative of colonists successfully mastering the wilderness and building civilization in the New World to tell school kids about.

    Columbus was admired for this courage . We knew the names of this tiny ships and how daring it was to set sail for an unknown destination across an immense ocean. Doing it today in a modern sailboat is still considered a risky venture. In 1492 unbelievably dangerous. He was a great man far more important than any negro in human history and before Columbus negroes didn’t really exist.

  6. @Observator

    [Columbus] tried to peddle this crazy scheme to numerous royals but only Isabella of Spain was nutty enough to go along with it.

    Both were nuttier than you realize. The big problem he had was an wildly incorrect estimate of the Earth’s diameter, something that had been well enough established since 240 BC, his was half of that. If it wasn’t for the “New World” in the way between Europe and the Far East he and his crews would have died long before they reached their intended destination, that’s why he got so many rejections prior to Isabella.

    In 20/20 hindsight today, maybe not inappropriate that a “nut” discovered the Americas….

  7. Meh, let’s not get too misty-eyed about Columbus Day, which was a fairly recent holiday created as a sop to later waves of Italian immigrants after 11 of them were lynched in New Orleans for a mafia-style assassination of its police chief. It was one of those lynchings that even black Americans could get behind.

    Mr. Taylor’s suggestion has merit, but spelling it, much less saying it might be too difficult for modern-day Americans, as perhaps might also be the case with Indigenous Peoples day.

    How about Dia de la Idiotez ¿

    • Agree: Tony massey
    • Replies: @teo toon
  8. teo toon says:
    @The Alarmist

    You’re correct that Columbus Day is a recent holiday: it began in the late 1950s as a sop to the Italians. Before then it was understood that John Cabot sent by the king of England discovered the North American Continent and explored the Atlantic coast and up some of its rivers; and he claimed it for God, England, and France. The maps he sent back sent the then pope into a tizzy.

    Columbus or John Cabot – Who Discovered America: https://2il.org/columbus-or-john-cabot-discovered-america/

    Though Christopher Columbus has been credited for discovery of America in 1498, but recent study indicates that John Cabot, Italian Navigator, may be the discoverer of that continent.
    Columbus sailed for that “New World” in 1492, but he couldn’t arrive until 1498.
    And recently historical informations show that John Cabot, could be the first to reach after getting royal patent from Henry VII of England.
    Documents also suggest that John made three voyage between summer of 1496 and 1498. On the second journey, he landed in Newfoundland. Columbus did not ventured beyond the Caribbean islands.
    In private Florentine archive , payment of 50 nobles (£ 16, 13s, 4d) sterling was given to “Giovanni Chabotte” (John Cabot) of Venice so that he could discover the New world (“to go and find the new land.”)

  9. Ragno says:

    Columbus, Cabot – stesso differenza. So long as it’s a paisan…….

    • Replies: @Tony massey
  10. @SMK

    They used the whole buffalo tho. All of it. And they put a fish in the hole they sewed their corn in, which they called maize.

  11. @Ragno

    I’m not convinced it was a paisan. Methinks it was never really discovered at all. It was just here and had been all along.
    Hell, their were actual fucking people here when it was discovered like the 137th fucking time.
    Christo thought he was in fucking India but was looking for China.
    How bad do you have to fuck up before/after they build statues of you(or tear them down whichever) that people begin to notice not all is at it might seem and just skip building monuments (or making holy days fir4 them) altogether and just tell the truth, so far as it could be known and understood in context to current mores, about ya know history.
    Herstory, too, i suppose.
    Reckon which one of those paisans buggered the first indugenous person they met? Prolly wasn’t 5 minutes after landfall. That would be of more interest to most than which euro White trash religious fanatic stumbled on it first.
    Who cares as long as the gov’t ain’tworking that day? All the days off we can give them is to our advantage.
    But good and interesting read. We(or rather i)know so very little about formative years of euro injun relations and instead got lectured on squanto teaching us to grow corn, which they called maize.
    I’m gonna look into that everhowyouspellhisname warrior injun chief.
    Interesting.

  12. Ragno says:

    Reckon which one of those paisans buggered the first indugenous person they met? Prolly wasn’t 5 minutes after landfall.

    My money’s on one of the Portugese who signed on to the crew. A quick look at Brazil tends to verify that theory.

    • Replies: @Tony massey
  13. HbutnotG says:

    If those chicks and clerks already had work at home betcha there wouldn’t even be a Columbus Day (except maybe scrawled in tiny writing on the October page in a Farmers Almanac).

    Work at home. The scenic drive my house sits on has been a traffic jam 7 days a week, spring, summer & fall going on 2 years now. Work at home…yeah, “work?”

    Work at home. Career girls’ wet dream if there ever was one.

  14. @Ragno

    The Portuguese scattered their seed in the cook islands also. I could always tell when a cook islander had that fiery Portuguese blood.
    Hey those Portuguese made a name for themselves. I think they led the league in rapine murder their for awhile.
    Magellan, de gama, many Portuguese that made a bold move.
    Yeh i could see it.

  15. @Observator

    “She was a religious fanatic herself, conducting a vicious war with the Muslims, and she expelled the Jews from her kingdom the same year Columbus set sail.”

    This is a preposterous assessment of Isabella, who was a great queen and stateswoman. Her war with the Muslims was not “vicious,” it was reasonable and necessary, she was expelling hostile invaders and occupiers from her territory. The Jews, too, had richly deserved expulsion, having continued to commit treason after being offered clemency numerous times, and were quite reasonably suspected of conspiring with the Muslims to re-invade Spain.

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