For years, I opened my 11th-grade U.S. history classes by asking students, “What’s the name of that guy they say discovered America?” A few students might object to the word “discover,” but they all knew the fellow I was talking about. “Christopher Columbus!” several called out in unison.

“Right. So who did he find when he came here?” I asked. Usually, a few students would say, “Indians,” but I asked them to be specific: “Which nationality? What are their names?”


In more than 30 years of teaching U.S. history and guest-teaching in others’ classes, I’ve never had a single student say, “Taínos.” So I ask them to think about that fact. “How do we explain that? We all know the name of the man who came here from Europe, but none of us knows the name of the people who were here first—and there were hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of them. Why haven’t you heard of them?”

This ignorance is an artifact of historical silencing—rendering invisible the lives and stories of entire peoples.

They [Europeans] took infants [Tainos] from their mothers’ breasts, snatching them by the legs and pitching them headfirst against the crags or snatched them by the arms and threw them into the rivers, roaring with laughter and saying as the babies fell into the water, “Boil there, you offspring of the devil!” Other infants they put to the sword along with their mothers and anyone else who happened to be nearby.

Brief Account of the Devastation of the Indies; by Bartolome de Las Casas, 1542

and ppl wonder why I’M so fuckin “radical”,why I get so fuckin angry. THIS IS WHY. fuck cristobal colon. he doesn’t even deserve capital letters. he stole all the capital he wanted.


So they’re trying to erase Taino identity in the Dominican republic? Why haven’t I heard about this till now?

This is type serious I am not okay with this and they are only 200+ signatures away in their petition Law 275-97 needs to be stopped!

go sign their petition please.

it Only requires name and email (optional comment). It will ask you to donate, but you can do what I did (cause I am broke and cannot afford to) and just go click yourself to the home page and your sig will still be counted- however if you can donate, do it. US money goes WAAYYYYY farther then.



[1: ‘Fuck Columbus’ is an useless display of impotent rage.]

[2: Last year I was very frustrated to see photosets being shared online of people saying this]

[3: What does this accomplish? What does this mean? Who does it affect?]

[4: Columbus was a genocidal sociopath who single handedly killed thousands of Taino]

[5: His legacy may be the colonization of all the Americas, but Columbus never set foot in North America and colonialism preceded him]

[6: Who is Columbus? A dead man whose grave & bones haven’t been defiled or desecrated. Unless you’re campaigning for tht, why say “fuck Colón”?]

[7: Saying “fuck Columbus” doesn’t strike at the heart of the issue. The root of the issue is colonialism in all it’s forms.]

[8: Why isn’t saying “fuck the nation-state” or “fuck white supremacy” or “fuck white culture” more popular than “fuck Columbus”?]

[9: It’s easy to blame a nobody. But while Columbus was responsible for our genocide, there are larger implications to who is responsible today]

[10: If you really wanna “fuck Columbus”, stop dropping his name. Let him fade into obscurity and disappear like he tried to do to us]

[11:  Now, it’s becoming recognized that this is Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Let him die the most final of deaths and breath his name no more]

[12: Let us put our pain and grief to bed this day]

[13: I would rather celebrate all of us]

Columbus Day

Columbus Day is this Monday. Here’s a reminder that Columbus didn’t land on Plymouth Rock or anywhere in North America. He landed in the Caribbean and in his lifetime committed genocide in the Caribbean and in Central America. He is the cause for the colonisation of the Caribbean and Latin America and later the Caribbean and Latin American slave trade. In his lifetime and many years after North America wasn’t part of the picture. Stop erasing Caribbean and Latin Americans from Columbus Day history/discourse. Stop erasing the indigenous people of the Caribbean and Latin America. Centre us. We know more than anyone the aftermath and the history of Columbus because that is our history. Most of the indigenous people that Columbus oppressed are now Black and or Latino. It is also a form of anti blackness and racism against PoC Latinos to erase us from our own history. I encourage all Caribbean and or Latin Americans to take back Columbus Day history and discourse and make it about ourselves, the descendants of the indigenous people Columbus terrorised. Don’t let our ancestors get erased.

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Taino Indians Counted Out Of Existence

There are those who self-identify as Taino Indians today and they are making sure that they are counted in the upcoming 2010 census.

Present day Taínos argue that they were not entirely killed off and that many of them escaped into the mountains and others intermarried with their conquerors and survived.

this video features Roberto “Múkaro” Borrero (“A response to the claim of Taíno extinction”) and Gabriel Haslip-Viera (“The Myth of Taíno survival in the Spanish speaking Caribbean”)

If you are part of or support neo-Mexica revisionism or any neo-indigenous revisionism you are supporting erasure and violence towards Indigenous peoples.

Whether it be the Mexica Movement (which is NOT the only neo-Mexica group), neo-Taino “tribes”, Mayanism, Rainbow Warriors or whatever else; it is all appropriative, silencing, full of erasure and violent.

  • You do not become Indigenous by yelling that you are Indigenous the loudest.
  • You do not become Indigenous by the popularity of your ideas among non-Indigenous majority populations or by misleading Indigenous folks who are not familiar with the Peoples you falsely claim.
  • You do not become Indigenous by propaganda.
  • You do not become Indigenous by defining indigeneity so that it suits you.
  • You do not become Indigenous by self-imposing rules based on your interpretation of non-indigenous scholarship.
  • You do not become Indigenous by silencing the Indigenous peoples you are most directly violent towards.

If you want to be “enlightened” if you want to find your People and learn more about heritage down your family lines you do that respectfully through your People/Nation and them alone. You cannot get this from books. You cannot get this from those who strong arm their way into Indigenous spaces.

Jamaica, the third largest island in the #caribbean gained it's 
independence in 1962 from Great Britain ending a little more than 300 
years of rule. *British rule (1655–1962)

The original inhabitants of Jamaica are believed to be the #Arawaks, 
also called #Tainos. They came from South America 2,500 years ago and 
named the island #Xaymaca, which meant “land of wood and water”.

Happy Independence Day Jamaica!
Here is to 53 years of #independence
1962 - 1953

#jamaica #outofmanyonepeople #yard #yardies #jamaicanindependence 
#onelove #oneheart #onedestiny #wilikklebutwitallawah #reggae 
#reggaemusic #teamreggae #53 #jamaica53 #westindies #passportcaribbean

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Anonymous Q: Are there still indians in the Dominican Republic? If yes, do they speak a language other than Spanish?  

i’m glad you asked this question becuz i’m taking two classes - Women in the Caribbean and Dominican Identity — that have discussed this question in great detail. By Indians i assume you mean the indigenous of Quisqueya/Hayti (Hispaniola), or more specifically, the Arawak, Caribs, and Tainos.

Denise Oliver Velez of my WITC class is a cultural anthopologist and is convinced that Tainos are extinct. how she came to that conclusion i am still not clear on. Ligia Aldana, an Afro Colombiana for my DR ID class, gives Taino survival more benefit of the doubt through cultural transcendence and inter generational transmission.

this question is a hot topic among cultural academics. if you google “myth of taino extinction you’ll find some good links. i picked out two articles that demonstrate both sides of the debate: pro-Taino survival vs. pro-Taino extinction. also if you youtube taino’ there are videos that touch on this subject, especially this documentary Lost History: Rediscovering the Taíno People.

also these videos:

Beyond Extinction: Consciousness of Taíno and Caribbean Indigeneity

Taino Indians Counted Out Of Existence

there also exists a United Confederation of Taino People (UCTP) that claims a Taino identity. i still have to do some more research to reach a conclusion, but i lean toward pro-survival.

*update* in terms of language, i’m not sure. but i do know that Taino language is alive in Dominican Spanish. for example, any words or names of places with -gua- (guagua-bus, aguacate-avocado, etc) are influenced by Taino language. huracan (hurricane) is also a Taino word.

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Columbus Day Fuels White Supremacy
Everything children learn in school about Christopher Columbus is a lie, and helps shape white supremacist views. Not to mention: he was a horrible human being, yet he gets whitewashed by the American education system.

Christopher Columbus is no hero, and does not deserve the place in history he occupies. Nor does he deserve a Federal Holiday, to which we can thank the Knights of Columbus and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (or as I like to call him, “Scumbag FDR”).

Everything taught to schoolchildren in America about him is a complete lie. Classroom songs are performed every year by elementary school kids about “the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria” (not the names of two of the three ships, by the way),  “sailing across the ocean blue, etc.” and to “prove that the Earth was round.” All of this is extremely disingenuous at best, and at worst, completely ignores the atrocities he and his men committed. This essentially gives them a “free pass” for what they did to the native Taino people, sewing the seeds of subliminal white supremacy at the same time. 

Don’t believe me? Check out some of the complete fabrications about him by reading the full article at Apolitically Incorrect >>

PS: If you think this is all just “political correctness run amok,” then you’re an asshole.