Something else to consider on Columbus Day…  What does the way we celebrate our past say about the way we live in the present?

Post by Denver Anarchist Black Cross

Denver Anarchist Black CrossColumbus Day has become a day to commemorate resistance against the colonization and genocide of the native peoples of the Americas, a legacy that Columbus initiated in 1492.

In Denver, the annual Columbus Day parade has become a flashpoint for the anti-colonialist struggle. Just days before this year’s parade, local media outlets reported that the parade would be canceled this year after receiving a press release stating as much. The press release appears to actually be yet another act of resistance against the legacy of genocide that a celebration of Columbus represents.

Some further suggested reading:

500 years of Indigenous Resistance article from Oh-Toh-Kin, Vol. 1 No. 1, Winter/Spring 1992 Although this article is over a decade old, it is still one of the most comprehensive articles chronicling native resistance on this continent.

Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee Supporting the struggle for freedom of American Indian Movement organizer Leonard Peltier, now imprisoned in Pennsylvania. Leonard has been imprisoned for over 30 years for his role in the fight for self determination for indigenous people.

Leonard Peltier’s 2001 Columbus Day statement

Remembering the 1990 Oka Uprising The Mohawk Defense Of Kanasetake (aka Oka, Quebec, Canada)

Indigenous Resistance to 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver Remember the history, and support the growing modern day resistance.