Why the US celebrates Columbus Day

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  • Published on:  Monday, October 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 +1494

    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.

    • GreyedInterests
      GreyedInterests  12 days ago

      ok but how could you say central america is not north america
      it's basic geography

    • James Huffmar
      James Huffmar  13 days ago

      +driftwolf Europeans were (and still are) economically, socially, artistically and militarily superior to north - south & central americans. Europeans conquered them easily - too easy!

    • driftwolf
      driftwolf  13 days ago

      +James Huffmar "they were savages and they fought wars and committed genocides". You mean, exactly like the Europeans who claim moral superiority over them, but in fact had none? You mean like Europeans who enslaved locals, attempted to forcibly convert them to their religion, and killed them if they refused? Not once, but repeatedly, to anyone who got in his way, not just the violent ones? Because said European considered themselves "morally superior"? Complain all you want, Columbus and his cohorts, by any standard, shouldn't be celebrated.

    • BARBATUS 89
      BARBATUS 89  24 days ago

      I'm Honduran. The US made my birth country have the murder capital of the world because most drug addicts with wealth are in the US & Canada, so they make trafficking to the North extremely profitable for gangs, making them powerful enough to make a farce out of the government. Thanks, US, for being a shithole so bad your stink sticks to its neighbours. I'm glad I left the US of AIDS before WW3. DEUS VULT!

    • DCpounder
      DCpounder  1 months ago

      Look at you guys spreading misinformation. Keep on lying.

  • Baguette1
    Baguette1  yesterday

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

  • greased
    greased  3 days ago

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

  • Der Steppenwolf
    Der Steppenwolf  5 days ago +1

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

  • Jonezx2020
    Jonezx2020  7 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

  • AGENT 355
    AGENT 355  13 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  14 days ago

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

  • Ontann
    Ontann  14 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  15 days ago

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

  • MaddCB
    MaddCB  15 days ago

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

  • firufu
    firufu  17 days ago

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

  • g4ngst4crizz4b
    g4ngst4crizz4b  19 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  23 days ago

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

  • energyeternal
    energyeternal  24 days ago

    Indigenous People's Day

  • Donald Trump Is A Jew
    Donald Trump Is A Jew  24 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  24 days ago


    BARBATUS 89  24 days ago

    I was taught in Central America to hate the Spanish. Then I grew up, grew a beard, realized I was 100 percent Spanish because of my Spanish beard and other evidence, and learned more about my past, seeing how glorious it was. Columbus was a devil worshiper Knight Templar whose ships La Niña, La Pinta y La Santa María displayed, if ubiquitous illustrations are based on the truth, the Templar cross showing their mission was to establish masonry in other lands, not so much Catholicism which also uses the Templar cross because the Templars aka elite so-called "free"masons who call themselves "ILLUMINATI" also control Catholicism which is idolatrous making Mary a goddess in effect.
    Everyone who says they are against slavery is a hypocrite when they are silent about terrorist Muslims made prisoners of war. Captives are slaves.
    The Spanish were in a global war against Islam. If Spain did not conquer what it did, Muslims like the Turks may have gotten there first. Spain was not going to sit idly by and let Islam grow in strength making the Reconquista pointless. Spain improved the civilization of the Natives who were in some cases cannibals or sacrificed humans. Spain taught of racial equality, that all come from Adam. The Spanish mingled with the Natives unlike the British norm. Spain defended the Philippines from Muslim invaders from Brunei and elsewhere. Filipinos would be bowing to Mecca five times a day if not for my people who improved their civilization, united them and gave them chocolate from Aztec lands conquered. Except for some bad apples among the Spanish who deserved torture and death, the Spanish did not kill Natives unless the Natives were hostile to the agents of improved civilization and protection from Islam or human sacrificers or what have you. Ironically, if Muslims took over Spain, land of my ancestors, and executed the libtards in the government and their libtarded army who disgrace Spain, I would be glad to see justice there.
    4:32 It's George Dubya Bush with a wig! lol