rewriting history

it all depends on who is telling the tale. hawken writes that ‘columbus is generally credited with having discovered america [although to his dying day he thought he was in asia]. the inhabitants of the lands he “discovered” also made a discovery: that a race of barbaric men with developed navigational skills had no qualms about raping their women, eviscerating their elders, hunting down anyone who resisted, and packing them off like so many animals to europe to be sold as slaves’ (blessed unrest, 130). as kevin mcmahon, writer and documentary maker, writes in the falls, ‘it’s all in the framing.’

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