Why the US celebrates Columbus Day

  • Published on:  10/8/2018
  • Should Columbus Day be Indigenous Peoples’ Day?Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjOIn 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. Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5HOr on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o


  • Vox 8 months ago

    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 Mail 20 days ago

    He himself was not violent and he respected them he wanted them to become a subject of Spain

  • funbucket09 2 months ago

    @driftwolf there is a reason Europeans took over the world. They are, to put it simply, smarter. All the European tribes United to become several massive tribes making all the little tribes around the world childsplay. They fought each other for centuries too you know. Because that is what human tribes have done since the beginning of time. Fought over territory and recourses.

  • Senor Private 8 months ago

    well columbus brutality does represent america in some way

  • random piano 5 days ago

    @Stephanie Summer he commaned people to kill the natives and aloud a native women to be raped.

  • ZaqueHunzahua 2 months ago

    @funbucket09 of course I would. But still, they didn't build them.

  • Julie August23 8 months ago

    I don’t care about why we celebrate it, I just thank him for giving me my 3-4 day weekends

  • random piano 5 days ago

    than you're arrogant.

  • vindragon 1 months ago


  • Mo Price 8 months ago

    Only Christopher we acknowledge is Wallace...

  • Dean Huertas 1 months ago

    Urban legends say that he love it when they call him big poppa

  • Fix News 2 months ago

    Ever heard of Columbus Day or Columbus Ohio?

  • Linda Gonzalez 3 months ago

    America doesn't mean the US, it means North and South America combined

  • Retro Gamer 27 days ago

    The americas

  • Dennis Flo plus the United States was based on laziness. Forcing other people to do their labor for them, I mean slavery come on. How much more do you want to troll 😂

  • Neil LeFrancis 8 months ago

    *”In fourteen hundred ninety-two Columbus got us a day off school.”*-Eric Cartman

  • Dat Gamer 8 months ago

    Neil LeFrancis actually in my school we only get a half day

  • Ramieverse ! 8 months ago

    More accurate

  • Layla Carter 8 months ago


  • random piano 5 days ago

    yep it really sad schools still teach this.

  • Rick SC 8 months ago

    Get rid of Columbus Day and Daylight Savings Time. Both are senseless.

  • random piano 5 days ago

    @funbucket09 um no offense if you call southern people yanks they will get highly offended.

  • Elvin deSouza 2 months ago

    @LLAMA LLAMA not in the USA?

  • tigerburn81 8 months ago

    "Why the US celebrates Columbus Day"Answer: Italians.End of video.

  • Dominic Chappetto 8 months ago

    Keep Columbus Day but make Indigenous Peoples day a national holiday and change the date to a summer Monday, creating a 3 day weekend. Who says no?