Yesterday was Columbus Day. My conversation with Mr. Salt went like this:
DineBoo: Today's Columbus Day! Feel like scalping someone?
Mr. Salt: Not yet, but soon!
Prior to meeting Mr. Salt, I really didn't think about Columbus Day. All I knew it was a holiday that I didn't get off at school or at work. Now I know that it can be very insulting for some.
Imagine giving a holiday to the person that started the invasion of your homeland? That started the massacre of your people? That it is one note in history that caused your people great harm?
So we have Columbus Day. Mr. Salt doesn't celebrate it, obviously. He also doesn't really celebrate Thanksgiving, another obvious one. I mean, the Family comes together to eat, but that's it.
Because of a man, Native Americans were almost reduced to nothing. They were caricatures. And it's taken years to address that, even though some negative images remain.
A black comedian said it best: Washington N*ggers.
Puts it all into percpective.
As a side note, Mr. Salt was cheering when the Clevland Indians beat the New York Yankees. What he said, and I quote:
Mr. Salt: Screw Columbus! The Indians have won!