Your thoughts on “Abolish Columbus Day”

Many Indian rights activists who oppose the celebration of "Columbus Day" have posted this Abolish Columbus Day sign on their Facebook pages in support of Native peoples

We have the day off from school tomorrow in recognition of Columbus Day. I don’t recall ever having Columbus Day off before, but apparently New York takes the holiday pretty seriously. There are even parades and other events in different parts of the five boroughs to celebrate the “discovery of America.”

But, who was Christopher Columbus? And, does he deserve the honor of having his own holiday? Well, it depends on who you ask.

In school we are taught to respect Columbus because without him “we” might not be here today. (Obviously, in public school, we are not educated from the perspective of the native inhabitants.) But, according to sources like UnderstandingPrejudice.org,

Many people are surprised to learn that Christopher Columbus and his men enslaved native inhabitants of the West Indies, forced them to convert to Christianity, and subdued them with violence in an effort to seek riches.

So, what are your thoughts on this holiday?

-NativeJournalist

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7 thoughts on “Your thoughts on “Abolish Columbus Day”

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  2. I think we should heed caution when judging actions of people of the past based on the standards we have today. Obviously, in terms of race & ethnic relations, religious tolerance, etc, we have come a long way.

    I think the issue with Columbus Day is what we are all taught in school. This man is glorified in textbooks and by teachers and none of his crimes are ever mentioned. Before we can abolish the holiday, we first need people to recognize that he really wasn’t a hero. Now the question is how do we get the american school system to change the lesson on Columbus?

  3. Your poll doesn’t have an option for people who support Columbus day. Not really a platform for discussion, hmmm

  4. Thanks for your comment, Jimmie. I can see how you think that.

    There are three simple answer choices that were (if I may put it simply), “I support changing the holiday to honor Native Americans,” “We shouldn’t change it,” and “I don’t know/don’t care.” So, maybe it isn’t as clear as I would have liked, but I was attempting to make an option for those who support Columbus day.

    As far as discussion goes, feel free to leave comments on my blog posts. I fully encourage dialogue.

    Thanks for posting!

  5. I am the number 1 Christopher Columbus hater everybody. I hate his guts and the things he did to the Indians is sick! He is more butcher than explorer, an evil coldblooded genocidal pig!

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