Columbus Day Questions

Columbus Day Questions

Many of us will never forget that famous elementary school rhyme: “In fourteen hundred ninety-two / Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” At the time, it’s not likely that we would have sensed any looming controversy behind those grade school lessons....

1492 Revisited: The Real Story of Christopher Columbus

When’s the last time you’ve celebrated the existence of a liar, slave trader, thief, and genocidaire? The answer may be more recent than you think. Columbus Day is just around the corner, and for most Americans it means a day off from work or school and...

Annotate This: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Last month, after 30 years of advocacy by Indigenous Peoples, the United Nations finally passed the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This Declaration is more than a hard-won victory for Indigenous rights. It embodies a progressive global approach to...