Letter: Columbus and genocide

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Columbus and genocide

Let’s not celebrate genocide.

In 1492, Columbus was welcomed by Arawak Indians to their villages. He noted their friendship and hospitality.

He enslaved them and forced them to look for gold. When they could not meet their quota, he cut off their hands. They bled to death. After two years, half the population of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic) was dead. Eventually, no one was left.

In recognition of the genocide throughout the Americas, we should work for the rights of indigenous peoples everywhere.

Harvey Stephenson