Archive for Monday, October 8, 2007

Parade protests Columbus Day

October 8, 2007


More than 100 people rallied Monday in South Park to protest the celebration of Columbus Day.

The American Indian Studies Club of Haskell Indian Nations University sponsored the demonstration, "Celebrate Indigenous People Not Our Genocide." The event began at noon with speakers presenting their views, reciting poetry, and singing songs.

Attendees then took to the streets with signs and banners in hand, chanting "We will never go away, this is Indigenous Peoples Day. "The police-escorted procession began at South Park and moved north along Massachusetts Street to Seventh Street, then back to the Haskell campus.

A series of "teach-ins" was scheduled for Monday afternoon on the Haskell campus.


Kaw Pickinton 10 years, 5 months ago

What's next Anti-Topeka day? Anti-Des Moines day?

Just kidding AIM forever!

oldvet 10 years, 5 months ago

On The Street question, asked of some of the marching protesters...

What is the definition of "Indigenous" ?

or even... Can you spell "Indigenous" ?

I would love to have seen some of those OTS answers.... :^)

KS 10 years, 5 months ago

Hooray for Columbus. He's my man.

matahari 10 years, 5 months ago

Thanks GOODNESS I was the last car thru before they all slloowwwlly meandered along! What a waste (of time)

cowboy 10 years, 5 months ago

It was colorful , but jeez it was slow , I must have been the car behind matahari cuz I was stuck ! kind of small , where was the rest of the Haskell community ?

Mike Ford 10 years, 5 months ago

Gee, here comes the uneducated with the dumb veiled comments (Surprised?)

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 10 years, 5 months ago

I'm betting that there were no fewer than, say... $1492 in Sovereign:Godsent Dollars among members of that crowd-all headed AWAY from the County Treasurer's Office! Opportunity, people... OPPORTUNITY!

mick 10 years, 5 months ago

Columbus' contribution towards civilizing this continent is hugely exaggerated. There is evidence of British fishermen on our East Coast before 1400 and evidence that Chinese came over here by the 10s of thousands in the early 1400s. It is a complete myth that anyone thought that the world was flat.

oldgoof 10 years, 5 months ago

"$1492 in Sovereign:Godsent" . . that would be J.M. Sovereign: Godsent, to you.

deskboy04 10 years, 5 months ago

I understand the native american position...but does anyone besides the federal government celebrate Columbus Day anymore? We used to read about Columbus when I was in grade school thirty years ago...but I don't think that they do much of that anymore.

cowboy 10 years, 5 months ago

one of those lame and now incorrect holidays that gives the government and the banks the day off while all the rest of us work. The one thing that astounds me is that there are cities like Denver that have a parade each year while the protests get uglier each year. whats the point . i would think there are few people that are really fervent about old christopher.

monkeywrench1969 10 years, 5 months ago

What is really sad is the Haskell Community allowed the same old tired anarchist protest everything group tag along and take away from the marches. Anarchism = insert cause of the day in here. Check your calender what's the next big anniversery.

Here is a question why aren't they protesting the hate speech Iran has been flinging about the jews and Israel.

SettingTheRecordStraight 10 years, 5 months ago

I'm with you, monkeywrench. There were multiple themes in today's parade-- not even close to focused on Columbus.

Terry Jacobsen 10 years, 5 months ago

I understand the Native position. What our forefathers did to them was horrible. I just don't understand what that poor behavior has to do with the man who has been historically celebrated as the discoverer of the continent (even if he wasn't the first one here). It doesn't really correlate to any kind of blame to him.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 10 years, 5 months ago

Columbus sailed the Ocean Blue in 1492. This is 2007. No one alive today or for many generations had anything to do with what Columbus was reported to have done, there are no photos or DNA. Now, can we get on with our lives without these stupid and self-aggrandizing demonstrations by students that ought to be preparing for life and a job NOW!

MiaMarie 10 years, 5 months ago

Why is it expected that there would be haters who see nothing wrong with Columbus Day? I haven't heard anything that I haven't heard before, its the same non-American Indian people who have to throw their two-cents in something they have no clue about. Its too bad that you feel this way about American Indian people but just to let you know it doesn't matter what you think because we are still alive living in the same city & achieving the same goals as you, so say whatever about us, its a comment, thats it nothing more than that!

I_AM_AN_ANARCHIST 10 years, 5 months ago

In the year 1495, they went on a great slave raid, rounded up fifteen hundred Arawak men, women, and children, put them in pens guarded by Spaniards and dogs, then picked the five hundred best specimens to load onto ships. Of those five hundred, two hundred died en route....

Trying to put together an army of resistance, the Arawaks faced Spaniards who had armor, muskets, swords, horses. When the Spaniards took prisoners they hanged them or burned them to death. Among the Arawaks, mass suicides began, with cassava poison. Infants were killed to save them from the Spaniards. In two years, through murder, mutilation, or suicide, half of the 250,000 Indians on Haiti were dead. When it became clear that there was no gold left, the Indians were taken as slave labor on huge estates, known later as encomiendas. They were worked at a ferocious pace, and died by the thousands. By the year 1515, there were perhaps fifty thousand Indians left. By 1550, there were five hundred. A report of the year 1650 shows none of the original Arawaks or their descendants left on the island. - Howard Zinn, excerpted from a People's History of the United States

I just don't understand, what would people Indigenous to this hemisphere have against Columbus. Columbus day for native americans is like Hitler day for Jews, disabled, or homosexuals. Columbus may not have pulled the have carried out the next five hundred years worth of domination, but he started it all. He set the standard. All the comments on here about "you lost get over it," or last year talking about "savages invading" or "far-left never decides to start scalping conservatives". All of this is racism that proves we need an day to talk about and educate people.

For instance whites brought the practice of scalping not natives: "...from cowboys and others who often hunted and killed Indians for sport. Some whites made a living by selling Indian scalps to the Mexican government who paid $50 for a male, $25 for a female and $10 for a child's scalp."

This practice was seen as justifiable because native peole were often viewed as animals not people and therefore traded for pelts as if they were any other fur.

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