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Myths and Founding Ideologies: Columbus and the Establishment of White Supremacy
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bell hooks: --White supremacy: the social, cultural, political, and economic domination of white people over people of color. --White supremacy informs both American capitalism and patriarchy. --These three forms of domination are impossible to separate.
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Columbus as a symbol: --Tales of the “discovery” of America naturalize imperialist violence (natives would have conquered us, but they weren’t strong/smart enough) --White domination made synonymous with “civilization --Domination over others viewed as essential to a functioning society --Nations are built on ideals of unlimited masculine power, based on conquest of land/women’s bodies. --The Columbus legacy romanticizes the oppression of people of color as benevolent, civilizing, a necessary product of “progress.”
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4 From Columbus’s logbook: "They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the
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