UPDATE: My latest article over at Everyday Feminism: “4 Ways To Celebrate Columbus Day (Without Celebrating Columbus Day)”
TW: Explicit images and words depicting slavery, brutality, and other atrocities.
To hear me perform in ironic pentameter, click here.
In fourteen hundred ninety-two
But lost, got he, this Italian chap
Unsure East from West – who needs a map?
So upon an island Columbus’ ships did land
Land filled with many a child, woman, and man
Despite the Taino Arawak people, Columbus did proclaim
“’Tis the Indies! (Or whatever. I declare it for Spain.)”
The explorer could do no wrong
His wit was short as his sword was long
He demanded gold from the people there
When he got some – then none – he did despair
So he murdered and pillaged and raped with abandon
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