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Open thread for night owls. Galeano on the curse of Columbus Day

Eduardo Galeano at The Progressive writes—The Curse of Columbus Day: Because Columbus didn’t understand what the Indians were saying, he concluded that they didn’t know how to speak. Because they wore no clothes, were gentle, and gave away everything they had, he concluded they lacked the capacity for reason. And because he was certain of having discovered the Orient by the back door, he believed they were Indians from India.
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