Monday was Columbus Day in the United States.
i started writing this poem last year and the point of it is to raise awareness about the effects of Columbus travels and to ask you to reconsider calling it Indigenous People Day.
Hope you enjoy it!
en la lucha,
Indigenous People Day Poemby Rodrigo Sanchez-ChavarriaToday 518 years ago a man got lostAnd found a ticket to famese persigno con la santa maria, la niña y la pintaand left with godtraveled oceanscrossed timelinetowards the end of his worldlost years of human lifeAll to discover nothing.landed on occupied landand stole itappropriated itraped itand called it HIS PA NIO LAAll in the name of the holy 1st worldhe placed the blade on each side of their shouldersanointed the soldiers metaland declare holy wartreated natives as cattleslaughtered butchered, conqueredit doesn’t matter what noun you usemassacre still has the same effect.and he continued on…in the name of precious metal and spicesEnslaved thousandsto give them diseasesinject them with greed and rabiesexpose them to a religion thatcalls themsavagesmurderersignorantnot humanand he continued on…erased their way of life by forceenforced their waysbrick by bricklayer by layeruntil their buildings replaced ourshoping we forgetbut we havent..518 years and counting..we have been speakingyou never chose to listen..u gave us second class citizenshipyet you never chose to listenyou called our meeting a cultural exchangebut you never chose to listenyou gave us names because you couldnt pronounce oursand you are still not listeningso we keep speakingwe keep asking…Why do we build statues,name avenues,throw paradesfor a man who got lost and discovered nothing?