Why the US celebrates Columbus Day

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  • Published on:  10/8/2018
  • Should Columbus Day be Indigenous Peoples’ Day?

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    In past decades, Christopher Columbus has gone from unquestioned US hero to problematic figure. For centuries, the destruction and disease he ushered into the Americas have been set aside, allowing the myth of a pioneering sailor who discovered America and proved the world was round to embed itself in US culture. But as this myth has been increasingly confronted with brutal historical facts, things have started to change.

    While Columbus still has a national holiday in his honor, complete with parades and celebrations, there are many people fighting to dismantle the myth that surrounds him and choosing to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead.

    Watch this video to understand how Columbus became a US icon over time and why his status is in question today.


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  • Vox (Oct 9, 2018)

    Correction: At 00:32 we incorrectly say that Columbus never set foot on North American soil. Columbus landed in Central America and the Caribbean which are both regions in North America. We meant to say that Columbus never reached the United States. We regret the error.

  • Dark Knight (Feb 7, 2019)

    There already was United States in Columbus' day? 🤔

  • Tomedy (Feb 5, 2019)

    problem was united states did not exist till 1776, he never step foot on what was to be come the usa, how ever he did discover both north and south America. so is wasn't the country it was the continent America.

  • Raj Kandhari (Oct 9, 2018)

    Columbus Day was originally intended to recognize the struggles of Native Americans and Italians following Wounded Knee and the lynching of 11 innocent Italians around the 1890s. It’s not really celebrated and it’s sure not about Columbus himself. That’s why the day doesn’t fall on his birthday or the day of his death. I do see how the name can be controversial thoEDIT: just to make my stance more clear since this is getting a reasonable amount of likes, I DONT think Columbus Day is a good name for t...

  • Spiffy Gonzales (Jan 28, 2019)

    +Walter White The carribs were first encountered in the carribean by Christopher Columbus. Cortez is not Columbus.

  • Walter White (Jan 28, 2019)

    +Spiffy Gonzales No. Those Caribs were mostly all in South America. The greater islands on the Carribean were inhabited by the Taino. These were the first natives that the Spanish encountered, and no they weren't cannibals. A few smaller islands close to South America, (like Dominica) had Caribs, but these were there because they wiped out the Tainos.

  • Lord of Evil (Oct 10, 2018)

    90% of the Indians who died during Columbus's expeditions died from diseases

  • Mk 10124 (Feb 7, 2019)

    *native american

  • jensiboykes (Feb 6, 2019)

    Binary Void there was never a genocide

  • Hellblazer (Oct 9, 2018)

    The Vikings (Norse) beat him by 500 years.

  • Liberal Destroyer (Feb 9, 2019)

    Greenland is

  • Liberal Destroyer (Feb 9, 2019)

    BARBATUS 89 nova scotia and Maine aren’t the NE edge of North America

  • The Talking Beard (Oct 8, 2018)

    If History offends you, change history. - love. Vox

  • jocko jonson (Dec 11, 2018)

    Alex Kniaz They were so diverse that they can trace their entire population back to something like 50 people when they cross the Land bridge over Alaska. yeah real diverse let me tell you that’s why 90% of them died out from disease LOL

  • jocko jonson (Dec 11, 2018)

    Christopher Columbus brought genetic diversity into the region which was the most important event up to that date

  • Daddy Doug (Oct 9, 2018)

    Columbus and the europeans did not know about the dangers of releasing their diseases such as smallpox. Don’t make the claim that he was responsible for doing this as like you said,” he never set foot on America.” And also he wasn’t the only person who made contact with the natives

  • Rebekah (Jan 21, 2019)

    Daddy Doug the Europeans were also exsposed to new diseases from the Natives. Syphilis was brought back from the new world.

  • rabblerouser (Jan 11, 2019)

    Ashan Bhatoa What do you mean? I am an indigenous person. I was born here, my parents were born here, their parents were born here. If you go far enough down the line of any racial group you find that we all began our blood line in Africa. What are you getting at?

  • Charles Lumia (Oct 9, 2018)

    Columbus and his crew were some of the bravest explorers in all of history.

  • vicente lopez (Nov 26, 2018)

    I don't know Columbus had killed anybody. Vsco de Gama was a killer in India. His name should be "Asco", no Vasco.

  • Charles Lumia (Nov 25, 2018)

    +Michael Thomas No he didn't. There were thousands of explorers and settlers. Columbus generally treated the natives pretty well considering what he and his crew could have done to them. Disease was the main killer of the natives. Not Columbus. And none of this changes the fact that he and his crew were as brave as they come.

  • jaybird (Oct 9, 2018)

    Columbus brought diversity to the Americas! Remember! Diversity is our strength!

  • You can't tolerate Muslim , and talking about diversityAisa is full of Diversity than America

  • jocko jonson (Dec 11, 2018)

    The entire north central and south America continent population can trace its roots to around 50 people cross the LanBridge about 12,000 years ago they were poorly genetically diverse that 90% die of disease, why do you think they were importing labor because they was just people dying out everywhere

  • Jeremy Rogers (Oct 9, 2018)

    So many inaccuracies

  • Jeremy Rogers (Oct 16, 2018)

    +Silas Verde WOAH okay, so I just found out about all this comment stuff and notifications. Well, for starters, he landed in the Bahamas which is North American land. Also, the group of natives that Columbus met were actually fearful of another tribe who constantly tried to conquer them, enslave them, and even eat them. Columbus and his men then helped the fearful tribe defeat their enemy. Now with 2:06 it is true that they did that, but you also have to take into account that the natives from before d...

  • Silas Verde (Oct 14, 2018)

    don’t leave me hanging Jeremy I need you to Ben Shapiro these liblols so I can believe that Europeans never adopted a policy of intentional cultural destruction towards Native Americans. that would be preposterous Jeremy

  • Andru Bernardo (Oct 8, 2018)

    *Thankfully he existed so I can finally wake up at anytime for one day*

  • jocko jonson (Dec 11, 2018)

    Aamir Vachku millions of people were not killed directly form him, Accounting for disease he did kill 90% of them

  • Powerpig 02 (Oct 8, 2018)

    Andru Bernardo I still had to go to school. So gay.