To celebrate Columbus Day this year, right-wing pundit Ben Shapiro’s website posted a video apparently excusing ethnic genocide by depicting Native Americans as cannibals and savages who weren’t tamed until white Europeans came to America and took their land.
The Daily Wire’s animated video begins with a caption that sarcastically reads, “The North American indigenous people are a noble people…” Then, a group of Native Americans are seen slaughtering and even eating each other.
But alas, there is hope for these evil, murderous savages, as the clip then cuts to a very Caucasian looking Christopher Columbus arriving on the North American continent and taming the indigenous people. He does this by teaching them how to construct buildings, raise cattle, and farm crops — though, the video does not include the ethnic genocide, land-stealing, and rape that Columbus and his crew are known by many for.
Has the president retweeted the Daily Wire video yet
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) October 9, 2017
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) October 9, 2017
It’s not satire if you’re… you, know, this is why all the “it’s like a conservative Daily Show” attempts flopped. https://t.co/ibw9pM5DDc
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) October 9, 2017
This white supremacist propaganda from @BenShapiro‘s rag The Daily Wire is completely indistinguishable from Nazi historical revisionism
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) October 9, 2017
this is so racist that I don’t even know what else to say. whiteness is something else. https://t.co/VkbSTPzzZc
— deray mckesson (@deray) October 9, 2017