Why the US celebrates Columbus Day
- Published on: 2018-10-08
- Christopher Columbus is all over America. There are statues in his honor. Streets and cities are named after him. the “New World.” "We celebrate Columbus Day." "The anniversary of that day in 1492, when Columbus first sighted the land of the New World, America." But Columbus never even set foot on North American soil. We rarely hear about the other explorers, who actually landed in the US just a couple decades after Columbus. and a permanent place in American mythology? or cartoons like this one: there. And I can do it, for I know the world is round.” information. peaceful... his men many gifts.” native people. women.” an American icon. The new nation needed a rebellious, non-British symbol. And they found one in Columbus. a biography glorifying him. He described him as Brave, heroic and a genius. But he neglected to mention his brutal treatment of indigenous people. And they faced harsh discrimination. So they embraced Columbus. in America. into the school system. hero around the world. But not everyone wanted to celebrate Columbus. "We've asked the federal government for hundreds of years to do things for our people or with our people." "The government has only compromised, only given us token issues to deal with." "We are here today as living factors of the problems that are still existing." the missing historical facts. holiday. As well as the man and the legacy behind it. according to a poll commissioned by the Knights of Columbus. and belonging. It's human nature.
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