Why the US celebrates Columbus Day

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  • Published on:  Monday, October 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  10 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • vindragon  24 days ago


  • Kal Solo  1 months ago

    The guy at 4:30 totally looks and sounds like a Native American George W Bush...

  • 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?

  • Nick Valenti  8 months ago

    They knew the world was round in the 1490s and now in 2018 people are something else

  • Shawn Jones  8 months ago

    I actually cant prove that. Ur tv and fat tv addicted mom told u that. But u never looked into it. The terminators and gobots are comin to take over the round earth xD

  • Juleene Jenkins  8 months ago

    @Cem Trale Are you calling yourself a troll? Just wondering because the only one starting quarrels is you! I was sharing an opinion, you called me an idiot, then proceeded to call me a troll. You have real skill of making yourself look like a fool and the "troll". Done, you keep harassing me and I will report you!

  • Linda Gonzalez  3 months ago

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

  • 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 😂

  • Layla Carter  8 months ago


  • jeremyjw  7 months ago

    careful not to confuse Columbuswith Columbia, the personification of the United States

  • Ángel Gómez  11 days ago

    Columbus was born in Italy but the 3 ships he used, the men, the money to support the journey were from Spain