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Why are we recognizing Columbus Day? by Dawud Walid

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?

via Weblog of Dawud Walid

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