May Columbus’s Ghost Find No Peace

Outside the Circle

From the vantage point of being on stolen land in Tio’tia:ke/Montreal this “Columbus Day,” the voyages over 500 years ago that greatly contributed to the full-on globalization of what’s alternately been called the “age of discovery,” “age of exploration,” or accurately, colonialization is no less barbaric. The world—not “just” the so-called United States—was turned upside down by Columbus along with the powers that backed him and what he represented, accelerating genocidal phenomena that were already in motion, yet at a scale that’s almost incomprehensible.

I’ve noted this before, but Columbus’s era marks a crossroads—literally marked by the bloody cross of Catholicism and what would become white Christian supremacy—that should draw many of us together in everything from #MourningOurDead to #FightingLikeHellForTheLiving to #LandBack to #MendingTheWorld, and with ever-deeper solidarity. His voyage sailed within the larger context of the dispossession, destruction, and murder (among other violence) of so many of our respective…

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