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First Name Basis Podcast

Nov 17, 2020

The story that we learned about Christopher Columbus could not be further from the truth. He was a colonizer, enslaver, and sex trafficker who committed genocide against Indigenous Peoples. Don’t believe me? Listen in and decide for yourself.


In this episode we discuss:

  • Common myths about Christopher Columbus
  • The 3 reasons why Columbus’ crusade was different from others who had traveled to the Americas 
  • What happened once Columbus arrived 
  • The origins of Columbus Day in the United States
  • Ideas about what we should do in response to this violent history 

**Trigger Warning** Violence against BIPOC

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Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen (affiliate link) 


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How Columbus Sailed into U.S. History, Thanks to Italians


Who Were the Olmec?


Whose History Matters? Students Can Name Columbus, But Most Have Never Heard of the Taino People


Taino: Indigenous Carribeans 


Christopher Columbus and the Doctrine of Discovery


Resource Guide: Abolish Columbus Day: Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples


UN Definition of Genocide


The History of Columbus Day


Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN