ARAWAK MEN AND WOMEN, NAKED, TAWNY, AND FULL OF WONDER, EMERGED FROM THEIR VILLAGES ONTO THE ISLAND’S BEACHES AND SWAM OUT TO GET A CLOSER LOOK AT THE STRANGE BIG BOAT. WHEN COLUMBUS AND HIS SAILORS CAME ASHORE, CARRYING SWORDS, SPEAKING ODDLY, THE ARAWAKS RAN TO GREET THEM, BROUGHT THEM FOOD, WATER, GIFTS … THE INFORMATION THAT COLUMBUS WANTED MOST WAS: WHERE IS THE GOLD? HE HAD PERSUADED THE KING AND QUEEN OF SPAIN TO FINANCE AN EXPEDITION TO THE LANDS, THE WEALTH, HE EXPECTED WOULD BE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ATLANTIC-THE INDIES AND ASIA, GOLD AND SPICES…
TRYING TO PUT TOGETHER AN ARMY OF RESISTANCE, THE ARAWAKS FACED SPANIARDS WHO HAD ARMOR, MUSKETS, SWORDS, HORSES. WHEN THE SPANIARDS TOOK PRISONERS THEY HANGED THEM OR BURNED THEM TO DEATH. AMONG THE ARAWAKS, MASS SUICIDES BEGAN, WITH CASSAVA POISON. INFANTS WERE KILLED TO SAVE THEM FROM THE SPANIARDS. IN TWO YEARS, THROUGH MURDER, MUTILATION, OR SUICIDE, HALF OF THE 250,000 INDIANS ON HAITI WERE DEAD.
WHEN IT BECAME CLEAR THAT THERE WAS NO GOLD LEFT, THE INDIANS WERE TAKEN AS SLAVE LABOR ON HUGE ESTATES, KNOWN LATER AS ENCOMIENDAS. THEY WERE WORKED AT A FEROCIOUS PACE, AND DIED BY THE THOUSANDS. BY THE YEAR 1515, THERE WERE PERHAPS FIFTY THOUSAND INDIANS LEFT. BY 1550, THERE WERE FIVE HUNDRED. A REPORT OF THE YEAR 1650 SHOWS NONE OF THE ORIGINAL ARAWAKS OR THEIR DESCENDANTS LEFT ON THE ISLAND.
The point I’m trying to drive home is this: Christopher Columbus was awful. He discovered the New World much like a meteorite discovered the dinosaurs. And good ol’ Chris Columbus, sex slaver, mass murderer, and champion of sociopathic imperialism, has his own federal holiday. This is an honor shared by Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr.
I repeat: THE FATHER OF THE TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE IS HONORED ON THE SAME LEVEL AS ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
I gotta be honest — I didn’t listen to the whole thing. Obviously, it’s good. You think a Canadian child actor would be this successful as a rapper if he wasn’t good? The dude was sitting on 25 mil at age 25! (I would love to see some documentation on that, by the way. I’m not saying he didn’t have 25 mil, I’m just saying some of that was probably real estate and maybe like potential earnings from complicated endorsement deals.) People love him because he’s good! He gets 10 outta 10, OK?
I have heard SOME of it. I heard that one called “Worst Behaviour,” the “motherfuckers never loved us” one – it really struck a chord. There are SO many motherfuckers out there. I’ve been making music since I was seven years old (started with piano) so I’ve been betrayed more times than I can count. You know how many people talk shit behind your back and then try to be your best friend over the course of 22 years in the industry?? Drake only got into music like five years ago, so if you see how angry he is — IMAGINE HOW I FEEL.
It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.