Today is Columbus Day, a national holiday and a day off for the kids. I’m always conflicted about Columbus Day, for the same reasons many people are. The sweeping genocide of the native peoples is impossible to overlook, and yet there’s still the desire to celebrate exploration, and to recognize that Columbus making that link between the old world and the new had a profound impact on history, for good and for ill.
I suppose the position I’d like to take, then, is one of caution. It is disturbingly easy for even the smallest of actions to cause a chain reaction that leads to terrible things. So for today’s song I give you Flobots with “Handlebars.” Remember, if you can ride your bike with no handlebars, use your power for good.