Like most people in the world today, I grew up being indoctrinated to believe Christopher Columbus was a hero that discovered America, nothing could be further from the Truth.
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Not only did Christopher Columbus not discover the Americas — since it was already inhabited and he was actually in search of India and therefore lost — but he was what could justifiably be called a psychopath, since he oversaw mass murders, tortures and rapes carried out under his watch. In fact, he helped facilitate what came to arguably be the greatest genocide in known human history.
The world might have never known about what really took place here, had it not been for the investigative journalism of a priest named Bartolomé de las Casas, who in the beginning supported Christopher Columbus until he became aware of the atrocities being committed. He wrote A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies, which documented some of the most disturbing crimes against humanity in history.
In his writing, de las Casas documents how the invading colonizers brutally slaughtered babies, burnt innocent civilians alive, cut off the hands of workers who did not meet their quota for mining precious resources, and tortured and sexually trafficked women and children, amongst other things that invariably come to document the beginnings of an indefensible genocide which has gotten far too little attention in the history books.
One of many statues around the world glorifying Christopher Columbus
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Although most people would argue that the Native population were savages, and backwards, Christopher Columbus’ journal clearly refutes these claims, where he himself noted how remarkably kind and giving they were, how they shared everything they had, and how they had no skillful weapons and were very timid. This is not to say that all Native tribes were the same — since there were tribes proficient in war and the inherent brutality associated with it — but on his encounter with these people that proved not to be the case.
Amongst his own documentation of his crimes against the native population, he even documented — in his own writing — that they took child sex slaves for themselves, noting that “those from 9 to 10 are now in demand.” In other words, Christopher Columbus was a sick criminal that should not be considered a hero.
Never About Spreading Religion, It Was Always About Profit And Greed
Although the common person would blame religion — as if it has a mind of its own — for these grave crimes against humanity, they were actually originally inspired by profit and greed. Historically, this has almost always been the case, with public justification being that the authorities are spreading Christianity, or the more modern propaganda of spreading democracy.
You see, Columbus was sponsored by the crown of Castile, in hopes of finding a land rich in natural resources and minerals. And when he returned with news that supported their hopes, including slave labor to be exploited, and a people that could easily be conquered, they proceeded forward with their plan.
Through inner circle politics, the Spanish elitists then contacted Pope Alexander VI (from the rich and reputedly corrupt Borgio family) and had him give a public declaration “in the name of God” that stated they had rights to steal the land there, and justify an invasion and enslavement of the locals (through the use of politically persuasive language of course) by making it seem like they were on a mission to help create a better world and fight evil.
In fact, Columbus documented in his own journal that, “should I meet with gold or spices in great quantity, I shall remain till I collect as much as possible, and for this purpose I am proceeding solely in quest of them.” In short, it was never truly about spreading religion, that was more of a cover story, it was always about profit and greed.
This might seem foolish and naive for people to believe by today’s standards, but the same thing still goes on to this very day, except the Pope has been largely replaced by the TV and mass media. In other words, the public gets deceived into supporting these crimes through the use of clever propaganda by the ruling class and their cronies, on the grounds of believing it to be a humanitarian campaign. But it’s not about religion, it’s about a cancerous so called elite exploiting the vulnerabilities of human nature.
This is an important distinction to make — that a small minority are the true root cause of the problem — because far too often in relation to history, those who are not well researched will blame the crimes of the very few on the many (an entire skin color, religion, country, political party, etc.) without considering the proper context of what really took place.
Correspondingly, those who have been indoctrinated to associate their sense of identity with their flag, skin color, religion, or other social construct — such as an historical figure like Christopher Columbus — will often fall into the trap of becoming defensive of that which is essentially indefensible. Christopher Columbus oversaw some of the most brutal crimes against humanity in history, and to try and defend him only comes across as being insane, indifferent, or severely indoctrinated.
If you are White or European, you do not have to identify with the crimes of Christopher Columbus as representing who you are, any more than native Americans need to identify with mass rapes and murders carried out by factions within tribes like the Comanche in the past as being representative of who they are, or African Americans need to identify with serial killer and rapist Henry Louis Wallace. There is good and bad in all races and religions, but generally more good than bad as demonstrated in studies on human nature.
So don’t fall into the trap of ever blaming an entire group of people, or defending that which should be condemned because you have deluded yourself into thinking you are personally being blamed. I realize there is no shortage of propaganda going around to fuel this divisive fire, but that does not mean you and I have to indulge in this silly game and become a part of the problem.
This essentially amounts to clever politics and psychological warfare on part of the high level ruling class, because what this invariably does is create division amongst the very people that need to unite in order to intelligently deal with the true root cause of the problem.
Change Is Taking Place But Not The Most Important Changes
The good news is, more and more people have become aware that Christopher Columbus was no hero, but a criminal of the highest order, and have actually helped change the traditional holiday of Columbus Day, to Indigenous People’s Day.
Although this is undoubtedly a victory, the overwhelming majority still remain largely unaware of how the ruling class continue to exploit the vulnerabilities of human nature. They do this by manipulating our perception of who our real enemy is, in an effort to justify their selfish insatiable greed of invading foreign lands, and exploiting both domestic and foreign people across the globe, amongst other things.
If you are interested to learn more about the crimes committed against the Native American people, and the true history of Christopher Columbus’ “discovery,” you can watch an award Winning Documentary on what really took place called The Canary Effect below;
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