Here’s Why Columbus Day Is the Most Controversial Holiday

Every year, to less and less fanfare, Christopher Columbus’s legacy is celebrated (well, part of it, at least).

On October 12, 1492, Columbus arrived at, and thus, “discovered,” the Americas. Well, that idea is growing less accepted by the year. Many point out that the explorer didn’t actually discover the land — there were already indigenous people living there, they just hadn’t made a big thing about it. And OK, if we’re going to credit him with the discovery, the fact that he made the indigenous people’s (aka native americans) lives a living hell — through slavery, religious assimilation, and the spread of disease — doesn’t really shout, “Here’s a guy worth celebrating.”

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For these reasons, many have suggested that we rename the second Monday in October Indigenous People’s Day.

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