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  2 months ago+1499

    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.

  • jocko jonson
    jocko jonson 3 days ago

    Even though Ki was horrible that event was the most important genetic discovery of human history

  • Baguette1
    Baguette1 6 days ago

    so the union party held back the native americans, and did not give them a say

  • greased
    greased 7 days ago

    But wait vikings found america first lol get ur facts right.

  • Der Steppenwolf
    Der Steppenwolf 9 days ago+1

    "The Native American who discovered Columbus made a terrible discovery."
    Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)

  • Jonezx2020
    Jonezx2020 11 days ago

    Columbus was a RAPIST. So Happy Rape Day.

  • Fred is aus the venision

    At the end an Italian
    Landead in new York
    50 years later. so
    Now you are all
    Fucktup in your
    History!!!🇮🇹

  • AGENT 355
    AGENT 355 17 days ago

    Obviously most people shouldn't trust a poll that was done by the knights of columbus these are the same people who think there's just a few bad apples when it comes to priests RAPING children

  • Dimitri Annikie
    Dimitri Annikie 18 days ago

    I live in the Caribbean and we wouldn't even dream of making a day for that greedy genocidal maniac 🙌🙌🙌

  • Ontann
    Ontann 18 days ago

    I'm surprised the founding fathers chose Columbus over Amerigo Vespucci (i.e. the guy that the name America is based on).

  • Non
    Non 19 days ago

    Lol, I only like Clumbus Day cus' there's no school.

  • MaddCB
    MaddCB 20 days ago

    How you get credit for "discovery" if people already there? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • firufu
    firufu 21 days ago

    Americans are so hellbent to keep this idealized version of Columbus despite the evidence contradicting the ideas. Its truly disgusting

  • g4ngst4crizz4b
    g4ngst4crizz4b 23 days ago

    What's worse? "Columbus Day"? Or if I mention the cleaning product "Spic and Span"? The reaction is enough to consider the association a "race is involved somehow" joke. What's worse? And should Spin and Span be removed either by public action through law or consumer boycott?

  • Штурмик Резкий

    The vikings and another italian, John Cabot opened America for english-speaking people.

  • vinci vedi vici lex talionas

    The Vikings beat him by almost half a millennium. They did not know it was North America, but neither did Columbus hence Indians (India). There is also evidence that the Scandinavians inhabited Greenland until the 14th century. The Vikings that landed there had a name for the natives. "Skralings" which roughly translates into "little ugly people" lol. I learned this stuff from college and I just thought I would share it.

  • Christian Zaffuto
    Christian Zaffuto 27 days ago

    Because we, the Italians, spanish, portugues, french, spaniards, etc spawned them.

  • energyeternal
    energyeternal 28 days ago

    Indigenous People's Day

  • Charlotte Katakuri
    Charlotte Katakuri 28 days ago+1

    Aww.. we destroyed the indians mud huts and built educational institutions, constructed hospitals, invented technology in this land. White people are terrible for advancing the world.

  • cidcampeador1952
    cidcampeador1952 28 days ago

    SIN COLON NO EXISTIERA EL "DIA DE ACCION DE GRACIAS" .