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Should We Be Celebrating Columbus Day?

Should We Be Celebrating Columbus Day?

Very few people officially celebrate Christopher Columbus Day, or know much about who Christopher Columbus truly was. It is just one of those holidays that some people happily get off work and are dismissed out of hand by others

There are a growing number of individuals though, like myself, who are troubled by Christopher Columbus Day remaining a federal holiday, and here’s why:

Some people still mistakenly think of Christopher Columbus as the man who “discovered America” or taught us that the “world was round.” Few people equate him with who he truly was and his participation in acts of genocide, human slavery, torture and other such acts of gut wrenching cruelty.

If Christopher Columbus gets to share the honor of a federally recognized holiday with individuals such as Martin Luther King Jr., then don’t you think we should know more about who he really was, and what he did when he arrived at “the Americas?” (Notice I said “arrived at the Americas” and not “discovered” them.)

I’m not an expert on Christopher Columbus, but I have learned a thing or two about him that probably wasn’t included in your high school textbook. And after you take the time to learn a bit more about him I think you’ll agree that Christopher Columbus Day should be removed from the list of federal holidays!

To begin learning more about Christopher Columbus’s legacy I recommend this Comic. Yes, for a subject as serious as this it may seem strange to reference a comic, but as anyone who reads TheOatmeal knows, it’s not your average comic and it’s a good place to start. As the author and artist of TheOatmeal, Matthew Inman, explains, all the information for this piece was pulled from: “A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn, and Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James W. Lowewen, both of which use primary sources such as eyewitness accounts, journal entries, and letters from Christopher Columbus himself.”

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

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10:04PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

It is amazing that we would be honoring a person that really had nothing to do with discovering North America. Christopher Columbus was a cruel person that ordered the killing of hundreds of thousands of natives, a horrible leader, and some would even label him as a madman! There are other people that should be recognized and celebrated that has done so much for our country! Let's just do a switch from Christopher Columbus Day to Progress Day! Progress Day would recognize all the people that have contributed to our country and made a better place for the people, creatures, and the environment!

4:23AM PST on Nov 7, 2013

Yes. Thanks for sharing.

3:59AM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

Murderous adventurer.

12:15PM PDT on Oct 27, 2013

It's time to stop the lies to our children about Columbus. Our country isn't even named after him, so why celebrate a special day in his honor?? That seems to be a theme inAmerica lately - lie to the kids so they'll grow up good little robots, as in the Creationists.

3:50PM PDT on Oct 26, 2013

I don't care about whether you want to eliminate Columbus from the history books or the calendar.. but dear Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati, even you will be no more in the future.. Remember that all and everyone of us humans have had at one time or another things we are not proud of.. even Martin L. King.. -Whoever you want to glorify instead of poor Columbus.. any of your heroes, dear Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati, will die too.-

6:37AM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

Thank you for sharing. I am truely enlightened :)

2:57AM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

I don't. I'm Australian :)

2:56AM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

ty

12:33AM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

Don't knock it......It's a day off with pay

11:27PM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

Uhh he raped and murdered people. So no, we shouldn't. The fact that this is a holiday is preposterous.

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