Unlike President Obama, Donald Trump sees no reason to acknowledge the voices or concerns of any non-white American citizens. After all, he only received 12 percent of the black vote, 11 percent of the Latino vote, four percent of the Asian vote, and three percent of the vote by those who identify as an “other race.” He did get 70 percent of the white vote, though, so he has trouble caring about the rest of the country.
For several years now, Americans with some sense of history have demanded that Columbus Day be renamed as Indigenous Peoples Day. Instead of celebrating the man who enslaved, robbed, and killed the Native American people who actually founded and discovered the United States, people have asked to honor those who suffered.
As the Los Angeles Times points out:
‘Columbus’ landfall ushered in one of the greatest injustices in human history: the wholesale transfer of wealth and lands from native peoples to Europeans; the unprecedented depopulation of vast swaths of the Americas as European diseases reduced native populations by 90%; and the violent oppression of indigenous culture and beliefs, as Spanish conquistadors and missionaries sought to convert indigenous peoples into servile laborers and observant Catholics…That the colonization of the Americas made possible by Columbus was both cruel and tragic is not a matter of debate. The history is settled.’
As far as the new president is concerned, however, why bother? None of his voters are concerned with upending the celebration of white supremacy, so why should he be? After all, in his Columbus Day proclamation, issued on Friday, Trump didn’t even mention indigenous people. They didn’t even get an acknowledgement.
‘The permanent arrival of Europeans to the Americas was a transformative event that undeniably and fundamentally changed the course of human history and set the stage for the development of our great Nation. Therefore, on Columbus Day, we honor the skilled navigator and man of faith, whose courageous feat brought together continents and has inspired countless others to pursue their dreams and convictions – even in the face of extreme doubt and tremendous adversity.’
Is there a racially charged controversy in which Trump won’t proudly land on the side of tone deaf white folks who see no reason to acknowledge the dark and painful history suffered by those who do not look like them? As long as Donald Trump is in the White House, entitled and clueless white men who insist that the concerns of all people of color are trivial have a champion.
For the truth about what Columbus Day means to the indigenous people of the United States, see video below:
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