Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day


(WORDmeister NOTE: Strictly speaking, this quote doesn’t have anything to do with journalism. On the other hand, Columbus didn’t have anything to do with discovering America, either. I’ll owe you one.)

“1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them.”

—Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007), author, from Breakfast of Champions

Editorial Comment: Better Homeland Security screening measures were needed.

Seattle Swaps Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” NPR
“Instead of Columbus Day, some communities celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” CNN
Stephen Colbert digs into the ‘white Christian establishment’ and its defense of Columbus Day,”

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