Happy Indigenous Peoples Day! (formerly known as Columbus Day)

Thanks to some previous historical re-education, I knew Christopher Columbus was basically awful, like so many “explorers” and conquistadors, but I didn’t quite know the extent of his evil (aka Columbus was a horrorshow on the order of Ghengis Khan, Pol Pot, Mengele, etc). Even if Oatmeal overstates, and I doubt he does, please dispell your own ignorance and read this before celebrating/ignoring Columbus Day.

Also, visiting the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC is a must-do for anyone who doesn’t know the history of our hemisphere’s indigenous peoples (aka pretty much all y’all).

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About amywinns

Semi-snarky, semi-sincere, occasionally ranting, always paying attention. Feminist who can work a skirt and crack a joke. Grammar nerd who is also fun at parties. Mid-career writer/editor with 15 years’ experience in newspapers & magazines who now helps developers at a major media corporation communicate with the suits who write the checks. Pro-women, pro-family, pro-choice, pro-workingclass, pro-entrepreneur, pro-farmer. Like every other bourgeois Brooklynite, I choose local/organic/raw food — mostly vegetables — whenever possible/reasonable/affordable but I’m not a smug asshole about it. Hometown: Atlanta. Weird hobby: lindy hop. No pets, no kids, no thanks.
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