support the campaign to abolish columbus day—because celebrating native genocide is racist, period

October 5, 2016

The Zinn Education Project has launched an effort to get schools and communities to change Columbus day to Indigenous Peoples Day. We all know that Christopher Columbus was a racist, xenophobic murderous colonizer, but that has stopped the United States from celebrating his conquest with a day of his very own. Meanwhile in North Dakota, Indigenous people and allies are attempting to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, on land that would still be theirs had Christopher Columbus had respected their humanity. In a press release, ZEP said, “It is time to stop celebrating the crimes of Columbus and stand in solidarity with the Indigenous people who demand an end to Columbus Day. Instead of glorifying a person who enslaved and murdered people, destroyed cultures, and terrorized those who challenged his rule, we seek to honor these communities demanding sovereignty, recognition, and rights.” To read more about their efforts and get more resources, visit theAbolish Columbus Day Campaign’s website.

By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor

For more information visit ZEP’s website: http://zinnedproject.org/ABOLISH