College speaker suggests American colonization was 'illegal'

  • Fort Lewis College alumnus Ken Walker suggested that the colonization of America was illegal during a presentation at the school's "Real History of the Americas" event.
  • The presentation was dedicated to Indigenous Peoples' Day instead of Columbus Day.
  • Walker said that “our Independence Day reveres the birth of a nation, but one built upon the genocide of indigenous peoples.”

A Colorado college celebrated "Indigenous People’s Day" instead of Columbus Day at an event on Monday, inviting a speaker who argued that the colonization of America was illegal.

Fort Lewis College (FLC) invited Ken Walker, an FLC alumnus, to give a presentation titled “Culling the Soil: Decolonizing the Colonizer Through Transmedia Storytelling” at an FLC event called “The Real History of the Americas.” Walker discussed the evils of colonization in America, arguing that the explorers who found and settled America did so wrongly.



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