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
    Vox  10 days ago+1333

    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.

  • Homer Simpson
    Homer Simpson 22 minutes ago

    He brought diversity to a monoracial nation, what a hero.

  • SoulTrial
    SoulTrial 2 hours ago

    I don’t think you mentioned that some Native American tribes joined the explorers to take down the big ones. Like the Aztecs. The Aztecs enslaved people, killed people, and forced other tribes to tax them. Explorers and Native Americans took that empire down and Native Americans have been waring each other for centuries. Do you really think a small group of explorers can beat millions of Native Americans alone? You are making it sound like explorers came and killed a bunch of Peacekeepers. Which is very incorrect, also, if you think that a bunch of half naked men with bows and spears will beat men with guns and horses. Then you are just wrong. Diseases did kill many Native Americans but that was not the explorers intention. They didn’t come to the new world to kill everyone with diseases they came there for land, gold, and raw materials.

  • Kakto Tak
    Kakto Tak 3 hours ago

    Does anybody has any evidence or support for the claim that the conventional wisdom of the Columbus time was that the Earth was round?

  • Chiara Del Rio
    Chiara Del Rio 8 hours ago

    Didn't Fernando what's the one that proved the world was round not Columbus

  • interanaut
    interanaut 10 hours ago

    So what if millions of Indian died?
    Why should we care.?
    Humans are meant to be killed right?
    What about people of iraq, afgan, yaman, Syria?
    US. Is doing the same what columbus did to them.

  • Andres Rodriguez
    Andres Rodriguez 13 hours ago+1

    I assume a columbus day sale means I can just walk in and take whatever I want

  • Andres Rodriguez
    Andres Rodriguez 13 hours ago+1

    School on columbus day?
    I just skip and stay home sleeping

  • A FPX
    A FPX 15 hours ago

    If you want a real explanation of Columbus check the channel “knowing better” and not this

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