History ~~ Ouch–It Hurts! ~~ What’s Columbus Got To Do With Anything In 2014?

 

 

 

ACT I:

~In 1482, Columbus sailed the ocean blue~

He was Bad News for the Taino People ~

But some people don’t want to think about that reality.

~Why not?

Because then they’d  have to learn a new history.

~Ooops–but isn’t history supposed to be true and honest?

Depends on who is using which facts to support which version of what happened.

~Are you saying people manipulate facts to suit their own agendas?

Me? Why would I ever say something like that? It might be politically incorrect, and we can’t have that, can we?

~Hmm, but what’s Politically Correct for one group isn’t necessarily PC for another group. And people do have a tendency to abuse PC everywhere in order to create conflict and sometime even abuse other people who had no intentions of abusing anyone. There’s been some very rough irony involved in demands for PC over the years.

No way! Who would do something like that?

~Who doesn’t? Come on, look at the conservative media, the scared shitless media, the controlled media, the alternative media, the foreign media, the underground media, the social media–everyone spins everything to suit their vision of reality, right?

Do you think that’s what pissed off those high school kids in Colorado so much that they pretested in the streets about changes in what history would be taught?

~What do you think?

I’m not sure yet. But–I do recall what happened in Arizona with the Mexican-American Studies program being shut down because it presented a different viewpoint of history than what the TPTB wanted taught in schools.

~Hey, are you saying there’s a conspiracy to teach lies in American schools?

Look, I don’t go in for conspiracy theories.  But I don’t think this is a coincidence either.  Maybe it’s just like minds acting out in similar ways.  Or not.

~ Like minded people, right. Ah ha.

ACT II:

Lie. Lie. Lie.

Deny lying and lie some more.

Because if the truth is known the people might rebel.

There’s a very good chance they’ll refuse to be cannon fodder.

They might even learn other languages in order to talk to the rest of the world about issues that affect everyone.

Or not.

ACT III:

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Howard Zinn on Honesty In History

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Humor ~~ Warning! Contains Sarcasm, Irony and Questioning of Authority

If you’re still in the dark about the history curriculum issue in Colorado:

http://www.vice.com/read/colorado-students-are-fighting-a-patriotic-white-washing-of-us-history-929

As for the Mexican-American Studies Program in Arizona, check this out from Buzzfeed’s David Noriega:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/davidnoriega/arizona-schools-chief-ousted#35ypfte

 

Epilogue:

Am I spinning the facts? Me? No way.  Why would I do something like that?

P.S.

A few of the many Italian things I really like:

Friendly Italian people

Pizza

Florence, Italy

Pasta

Sandro Botticelli, artist ~ http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/botticelli/

~~No, I’m not going to talk about the Pope or the Vatican. One should never discuss religion. It’s very Un-PC. Or it used to be. I’m not sure anymore.

 

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. slpmartin said,

    October 13, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    History tends to represent a highly censored and edited version of actual events as prepared by the victors to defend their actions.

    • October 17, 2014 at 5:48 am

      True–and then there’s the element of the ignorant claiming they know things they don’t. So much for The Truth.

  2. tubularsock said,

    October 13, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    “Columbus sailed the ocean blue” and then he and his men dumped their sewage overboard as is still done today. And “they” say we learn from history?

    “History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history that we make today.” (Henry Ford, Chicago Tribune, 1916).

    So with all this knowledge why are we still fouling our waters?

    It’s not a conspiracy theory when it’s true!

    Great post 47!

    • October 17, 2014 at 5:50 am

      Hey, tubularsock—I suspect that despite all the info on the web people don’t really LEARN much of anything unless they’re highly motivated to do so–hence the continued fouling of waters, air, and soil. My two cent view. Thank you.

  3. October 14, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    As the years go by Columbus Day is becoming less and less of a holiday and may reflect a broader understanding that it’s not quite what it used to be. As a holiday, it should be repurposed into a broader message that history is subjective. I would take the day off for that.

    • October 17, 2014 at 5:51 am

      So would I ,Al.
      Not quite what it used to be–or–what it was passed off to be.
      Only the rivers know for sure what’s really what.


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