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Published on Oct 9, 2012
Quick - what does the word "Taino" mean to you? Most Americans are unfamiliar with the name of the Carribean tribe that believed their island was the earliest part of the creation, and therfore the sun and the moon every day rose up out of a cave on its northernmost coast. On the other hand, most Americans know today is Columbus Day, at least in forty-seven states, although Hawaii has renamed it "Discoverer's Day" after the origianal Polynesians who populated that island thousand of years ago; South Dakota calls it "Native American Day"; and Alaska just ignores it.But what we're really celebrating today is Happy Taino Genocide Day - the day when Christopher Columbus began to wipe out an entire indigenous population in a way that would make even Pol Pot blush