Columbus Day has been one of the most controversial holidays of our time, and is it really any surprise? It celebrates the man who “discovered” America, aka the same man who cruelly abused the indigenous people of North America when he made a wrong turn on his way to India. His is a tale of ambition, perseverance, and the erasure of the suffering of minorities.
In response to the controversial day, some have argued that the holiday should be replaced by one that honors the true spirit of America: Indigenous People’s Day.
— Michael S. Klecheski (@USAmbMongolia) October 9, 2017
Some cities have actually taken the first steps toward turning this into reality, like Salt Lake City and several areas in California.
— Lauren Steinbrecher (@LaurenSnews) October 4, 2017
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) October 4, 2017
— Gathering Tribes (@GatheringTribes) September 29, 2017
But not everyone is happy with the change, particularly Italian Americans, who take pride in the Italian explorer who “discovered” America.
— AP Eastern US (@APEastRegion) October 8, 2017
POTUS #ColumbusDay proclamation: Columbus represents the rich history of important Italian American contributions to our great Nation
— Italy in US (@ItalyinUS) October 6, 2017
Others argue that Columbus’s pioneering spirit is an inspiration to all, and that he can’t be held to modern day standards.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) October 7, 2017
Still, many refuse to celebrate the holiday due to Columbus’s cruel nature.
— Nathaniel Meyer (@meyernathaniel) September 27, 2017
Columbus Day/Indigenous People’s Day will undoubtedly remain one of the most controversial days for Americans, and for good reason — where some see a source of pride, others see a source of pain and misery.