The lopsided vote by the Oklahoma City Council yesterday against a proposal to create an Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the city shows us racism and historical misunderstanding still thrive among some local leaders.
— Berkeleyside (@berkeleyside) September 28, 2016
The historical record is clear. Christopher Columbus, who doesn’t even come close to being an “American,” was a racist, murdering monster. He and the government he represented killed native people indiscriminately throughout the world, and the holiday some celebrate and many protest in his name in October is a major historical error. Creating an Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a way to help rectify or least mitigate that error.
But the Oklahoma City Council, for the second year in a row, voted down this week the proposal to create an Indigenuous Peoples’ Day. The vote was 6 to 3 against the resolution. To their credit, Councilors Ward 2 Ed Shadid, Ward 4 Pete White and Ward 7 John Pettis voted in favor of it. Shadid, in particular, voiced strong support for the measure, according to media reports.
The right-wing Mayor Mick Cornett, who once ran a political campaign touting his opposition to same-sex marriage, and Councilors Ward 1 James Greiner, Ward 3 Larry McAtee, Ward 5 David Greenwell, Ward 6 Meg Salyer and Ward 8 Mark Stonecipher voted against people who actually live here.
— Red Dirt Report (@reddirtreportOK) September 28, 2016
Here’s a little fact you might want to consider telling your children if their elementary school teachers are filling their heads with textbook lies about the “hero” Columbus, who didn’t “discover” the United States in 1492:
Columbus was the first slave trader in the Americas. As the native slaves died off, they were replaced with black slaves. Columbus’ son became the first African slave trader in 1505.
Read on here about Columbus for the basic and obvious historical facts, including how he “captured women as sex gifts to his men.” Columbus genocidal and racist actions are proven by his own words. He kept detailed diaries.
Columbus discovered his own inner evil in the Age of Discovery, not the New World.
Two points should to be made here. (1) I know some prominent historical Americans, such as former President Thomas Jefferson, were slave holders and there is absolutely no excuse for it, and (2) in the midst of ongoing racial strife in this country why wouldn’t a council of a large metropolitan city make it clear it believes in diversity and correcting traditions based on historical errors?
A majority of Oklahoma City Council members has sent out a message once again they just don’t care about people who live here, except for the extremely rich.