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  10 days ago +1331

    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.

    • Progressing Productions
      Progressing Productions  4 days ago

      Delete your channel

    • Andrew Frink
      Andrew Frink  5 days ago

      @Alex, it's not hard to screw up when it is common to use "america" to mean the USA. So your ford truck made in Mexico is "made in America" in the way most people would mean that? i mean think of all of those good high paying jobs in the USA those "made in america" things will cause.

    • G4Footballers
      G4Footballers  5 days ago

      “Brutal historical facts”

    • peadey mclovin
      peadey mclovin  5 days ago

      So ignorant

    • アニメが大好き
      アニメが大好き  6 days ago

      Please fact check for important things like this next time. It's a good thing you commented though, but didn't update the video.

  • SoulTrial
    SoulTrial  an hour 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  2 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  7 hours ago

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

  • interanaut
    interanaut  9 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  12 hours ago +1

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

  • Andres Rodriguez
    Andres Rodriguez  12 hours ago +1

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

  • A FPX
    A FPX  14 hours ago

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

  • Texan Bot
    Texan Bot  15 hours ago +1

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  • Ignacio García
    Ignacio García  17 hours ago

    You should make a video about VOX, the far right party that is becoming more powerful in Spain (that has the same name as your channel)

  • 1503nemanja
    1503nemanja  yesterday +1

    You are intentionally misleading people. Columbus largely was not responsible for the worst offenses committed, and most came after his role was finished. The channel Knowing Better has a good vid about what Columbus was and was not responsible for. So why are natives mad at him, he did not harm them or their ancestors personally and if not him some other European would uncover America and then the same would happen. Especially US Native Americans have no reason to hate him.
    As a non-American I think the best solution is to celebrate both Columbus Day and Native American Day on the same day and let everyone pick what they like and it creates unity since it celebrates both those who were already there and those who came later. Maybe rename it to Reconciliation Day and let everyone celebrate the legacy they like, native or colonial, or ideally both. Anyway I see no reason to hate on Columbus, his supposed vileness is greatly exaggerated and his good sides forgotten, both in case of him personally and what his arrival lead to.