By Dawud Walid| Executive-Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations- Michigan.
I believe in “keepin’ it real,” and I cannot help but question why in the heck are we, in 2010, recognizing Columbus Day in America.
FACT #1: African Muslims reached the Americas prior to Columbus. Columbus even stated in his diary that he spotted a mosque when reaching the so-called New World.
FACT #2: Columbus was not even the first European to have reached America. Ever heard of Leif Ericson who reached the Americas about 500 years before Columbus?
FACT #3: Columbus was trying to reach India; he was LOST when he reached America!
FACT #4: Columbus’ “discovery” in 1492 was sanctioned by the royal family of Spain, the same government that presided over the Spanish Inquisition against Muslims and Jews in 1492.
FACT #5: Columbus’ “discovery” paved the way of European colonial conquest of the Americas and the ethnic cleansing of the Native (not Indian) people.
Based upon these facts especially #5, what were the founders of Columbus Day in America trying to convey?
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War from NewNews.co.uk
Earth is beautiful but we have ravaged it with our pathetic conflicts and wars for controlling resources. It has more than enough to sustain all living beings on it, yet millions of humans starve and many die. Mankind is puffed up with its technological development but it forgets that it has little to no humanity left !!!
Does it not bother us that our neighbor-whether in our neighbor hood, or in our neighbor town, city, state, or country have little to no food to eat. Thousands of children are malnourished, many die with hunger. Does it not bother us that we fight over water even though water comprises of majority of the earth? We care about making profit even in supplying water! Countries go to war over rivers, mountains, and man-made boundaries.
Governments wage foolish wars, empty the state treasury while getting in debt. No education for the masses, no healthcare for the people, but skyrocketing budgets for the ministry/department of defense. No food on the table of thousands of families, no affordable quality education for the middle and “poor” class but tons of budget for a new defensive gadget called Nukes.