Trade Columbus Day for Indigenous Day?
Many Cities like our Capitol, Washington,D.C, reported by NPR, voted for Columbus Day to be temporarily changed into Indigenous Day by the Capitols Council. Hoping to make this something permeant, giving honor to Natives and those that was killed by the European explorer Christopher Columbus.
Many of us had grown up to learn in school that the Italian explorer was the first to discover the land we now call America. Which is FALSE. Columbus and his men used the natives for their resources and teaching of the land to only kill, steal, spread diseases, and enslave the native people. Per WashingtonPost, Columbus did not step foot on North America at all! During four trips across the Atlantic Ocean he landed on several Caribbeans Islands like the Bahamas. He also explored both Southern and Central America, not North.
In a article from CNN, Columbus and his crew received help for a chief in Haiti. He brought back gold from the island and some of the Native s back to the "Old World" as slaves.
"It's about celebrating people instead of thinking about somebody who actually caused genocide on a population or tried to cause the genocide of an entire population"
Explains Baley Champagne to NPR reporters, Baley is responsible for the change in her hometown Louisiana. In July Great Folks, North Dakota Councils voted for the Day of Columbus to be changed to Indigenous Peoples' Day. A very emotional day for the many natives that went to witness history being made. Souvannasacd, a native that was there with her 12 year old son tells NBCNews reporters,
"Replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day, ... felt like the start of a long overdue recognition of the indigenous people who lived in the U.S. for thousands of years before Europeans like Columbus."
With the knowledge we know now, do you think we should continue celebrating Columbus Day? The celebration of a man the caused diseases and violence to innocent people.