Ben Shapiro likes to act like he’s the conservative antidote to Milo Yiannapoulis, Richard Spencer and the other white supremacist goons, but on Columbus Day he posted a blatantly racist video on his Daily Wire website depicting the indigenous people of North America as cannibals who needed civilizing by Christians.
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.
You can watch the full video at the link above. Shapiro is defending it on the ground that it’s satire, saying it’s “a response to the Left’s decision to turn Columbus Day into a story purely about Western civilization ‘genociding’ Native Americans rather than the great gain Western civilization brought the world via entry into the Americas, despite awful wrongs committed in the process, as I tweeted.” Fascinating that he has to put quotation marks around genociding, as if it wasn’t really genocide. I mean, tens of millions of natives were slaughtered, but it was in the name of God so it’s totally not genocide, you guys.