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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.
  • Runtime: 05:46
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  • Vox

    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.

  • Chiara Del Rio

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

  • interanaut

    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

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

  • A FPX

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

  • Ignacio García

    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

    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.

  • José Andreu

    You "opressed people" always weeping. Dude, consquest has been cruel throughout the whole world history. It keeps same nowadays, don´t cry about people you never knew (since they are just another conquered peoples in history) and about opression you never experienced. Is that hard to celebrate an event that brought development and joy to the world as it was america's colonization? Yeah it was cruel, but which event in international human contact wasn't ?

  • DSWynne

    The Native American community should have their own "Indigenous People's Day". Why? Trying to rename a day smacks reactionary activism (kind of like how Marxist, Islamists and even Christians have had a history of destroying holidays and cultures). The community should be proactive, in that they should choose a day that has nothing to do with Columbus. Celebrate the different "nations" that exist on the North American continent. And if this day is suppose to be American-centric, then I propose making September 17th as Indigenous People's Day. Why? It was the first treaty signed between the Delaware Indians and the United States government (Treaty of Fort Pitt, 1778). Alternatively, make a day in early November Indigenous People's Day. Why? November is Native American Heritage Month. In other words, promote Amerind Culture and History in a way that enhances the American Experience, not damage it with identity politics. Not necessary.

  • i C

    And yet we ignore the similar things the natives did

  • White People

    Vox - Form your opinion, then do your research to fit information to that opinion.

  • White People

    We do not celebrate Columbus because he discovered the united STATES of America... we celebrate him because he discovered the AMERICAS. (not counting Leif Erikson)

  • Alexis Sarabia

    Nobody celebrates Columbus day, its just a no work day for some people.

  • Shawn

    If I ever have kids. I’ll teach them REAL history. Not whitewashed glamorized history that waters down the atrocities committed by colonizers AROUND the world There’s ZERO purpose to celebrate Columbus Day

  • whitedevilvaz

    Columbus nationality is still disputed. It is not certain he was italian. He could have also been portuguese or spanish.

  • Rick Foley

    Another reason to hate myself. Well played, Vox.

  • Lucas Moore

    “Children were told...” Let’s let vox speak for all children. This is such a poorly organized “educational” platform

  • Poopy Scoop

    You guys are forgetting how these Indians were acting like douche-bags to Christopher Columbus. So he and his group fought with guns while the Indians had spears. Who would win the rivalry. Columbus also made peace with another group of Indians that didn’t try to kill which something we are never told.

  • Marquitos

    So you blame the massacre of North American natives by first the British Empire and later the USA on Columbus. That makes no sense to me. The king and Queen of Spain declared native people in the Americas to have soul and be treated as humans, that is why unlike north America, latin american natives are the predominant ethnic group in the parts that were colonized by Spain and you find none or little African descents there too, because transport of slaves in Spain was forbid from the very beginning of the colonization. Besides, it is not clear that Columbus was a Genovese. With this video your buying the black legend of the Spanish Empire, lies built by other European nations at that time to criticize the power of the Spanish crown by then and have an excuse to make pirates Lords.

  • Pierre00

    If you want to see what the Spaniards did with all the gold stolen/plundered from the Americas visit Madrid!

  • jean-claude schwartz

    The credit of the discovery of America shouldn't go to Christopher Columbus, that should go to Indigenous people and Vikings.

  • Ionatan Simón

    Liberal agenda... they give fake facts to support their ideas.....

  • Sceptre

    You can tell a lot about a people by looking at their honored! Needless to say, those defending Columbus descend from the same wicked seed! They have Andrew Jackson on their currency! Benny Franklin also “discovered” electrical current w/a “stringed” kite... yeah I never saw a string conduct a current either but “high iQ” wyte ppl said so , so it’s must be true, right? But the hypocrites talk about Castro or pigs on socks? Yeah , some nerve huh.... low character even less morals...

  • Blackwood Dreamz

    It's called propaganda. There was no mention of the slaves that came with his murderous journeys.


    But one side wanted to kill the other skins so the eropeans help the peaceful side

  • Mateo Valenzuela

    if anyone thinsk columbus is a genocidal maniac, then go watch knowing better's video about columbus, it changed my views!

  • Child of the Horned One

    I’m not even at the beginning of the video and I already know that there is gonna be some BULLSHIT in this

  • Sean Boundy

    While there are many bad things that happened after Columbus arrived, there are also many good things that happened. For one thing, if Columbus hadn't arrived none of us would have been born.

  • Matthew Jay

    3:57 WRONG! Knights of Columbus were founded by the Irish-Americans: Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney.

  • Beemer

    Meh. If it's that important, then just rename the holiday to "indigenous people day." Seems like more of a non-issue than anything.

  • prede89

    This video is garbage. It ignores the fact that we celebrate Columbus Day because he discovered the new world and set off the age of exploration. Yes Yes the vikings were in the new world first, but they didn't tell anyone, and it did not set off the age of exploration.

  • mood

    they shouldn’t. he didn’t discover it!!

  • Mobile Lag

    He wasnt even the first European to step on American soil. In his journals he talked about enslaving the Natives. They raped them, killed them and enslaved them. No point in even calling this a holiday, only stupid Americans would celebrate this. Same for thanksgiving, the killings of the Wampanoags, where they decapitated the heads of Natives and encourage to kill Natives insight. America needs to tell the truth about what happened to the Natives. You only hear about what really happened in college courses and not everyone goes to college.

  • Rewind

    We really don’t though,California doesn’t, most states don’t and not even Columbus city celebrates it

  • TavaNoGrim0

    Vox stop being a leftist channel , keep you videos neutral. Its obvious Columbus never did any warm to anyone , indigenous people died because of diseases the Europeans had.

  • Mail Eryas

    Columbus: *Discovers America* Native Americans: *gets stick and die* Vox: Genocide.

  • William Medhurst

    This is very poorly researched. There is no evidence of Columbus massacre of Natives

  • Joe T

    Yay! Columbus, GA! We made it to VOX! Lol

  • Jordan D'Agostino

    you say that columbus treated indigenous people poorly, but keep in mind this happened centuries ago. you cant judge someone on morals with modern standards. the reason we celebrate columbus day is because if he didn’t do his first voyage then no one would’ve travelled to the americas. we wouldn’t be here today.

  • _jeff _

    columbos may have murdered people but if not for him we wouldnt have the usa the most powerful country in the world (well its quite debated but even then its number 2) and i wouldnt be so privledged to live in the us thank you happy columbus day

  • Seth Zweig

    A quick google search will tell you that the essay they used was written almost 30 years after CC's death. Poor journalism...

  • Opiniones de JACC's Opinions

    Columbus Day, Indigenous peoples' Day, how 'bout instead we go with Afro-Eurasia Americas Reunion Day? #AfroEurasiaAmericasReunionDay #ColumbusDay #IndigenousPeoplesDay

  • Eddie Mcmahon

    Throughout the centuries of time, every race has been conquered by another, enslaved, raped, murdered, either by their own tribe or another.No person or tribe owns the land that was created by the higher Gods. The true original salve creators were Africans themselves and the Muslim Arab worlds.Yes, Europeans did follow at a later time, but of a fraction of what was original created.Still to this day Africans and Arabs are still being enslaved by their own people.Lets focus on the current facts that have been existing. I would also like to add that Native American tribes were far more gruesome, to their own people, to the crusaders, settlers and pilgrims, then the other way around.White Europeans have flourished throughout the world throughout time, with inventions that we all should be thankful and privileged for. Why is Africa still always a mess?why is the Middle East always a mess? why is it that non white countries are in a constant struggle for the betterment?Why is it that non White people want to come to White European created nations?We all the know the answer, but there are still many who are in denial and ignorant of the real facts.Lastly, columbus never set foot in North America.Do not get it confused, for all the uneducated. Yes, slavery is wrong rightfully disgusting and wrong. In final, STOP BLAMING THE WHITE MAN AND START BLAMING THE TRUE FOUNDERS, YOUR OWN PEOPLE AND YOURSELF.

  • InfernoakaRaven

    Leif Erikson actually discovered north America in the 11th century which he was a Viking and he discovered Newfoundland, Canada.

  • jasenjot

    It is not fair to judge the people from 500 years ago with todays moral sense. The Spanish weren't that terrible in South America as British 'black legend' narrative has tried to portrait. Some Spanish treated badly indigenous people, others treated them right. Some inigenous nations were also cruel to other indigenous people. We shouldn't try to amend the whole history. North Americans tend to forget that their British ancestors almost extiguished the natives, recluding the few that survived into today's reserves. Ask yourselves this: how many natives and mixed-race people are there currently in South America and how many in North America?

  • Jerrell Lawrenceberg

    Native rights barely became part of the conversation during the Civil Rights movement, unfortunately. I mean BARLEY. American blacks live in a paradise compared to the majority of native peoples nowadays.

  • Karla Lopez

    If he stepped foot on central America then he stepped foot in North America. Central America is not a continent.

  • bigraviolees

    Columbus day was created so Catholics could have a holiday. Pedophile day was their second choice They went with genocidal maniac

  • bbt305

    Only looking at the negative, how bias. Columbus is being smeared. Most is lies too that Columbus was bad. Not true

  • Skipper Blue

    Columbus was just an immigrant bringing much needed diversity.

  • Leb ofkay

    That moment when the truth is more complicated than “good” or “bad” :-J good try vox, take 2

  • Noodles LM

    yeah, thats why that cartoon hasnt been shown since cameras recorded in black and white. idiots.

  • Gladys Pallo

    SO CHRIST IS NOT SAVIOR TO ALL CIZ HE ONLY SET FOOT IN JERUSALEM? Then Hod is not God for America coz He has never sat foot here!? Your ignorance and ridiculous allegations are rotten as your people! Excuse me what is the name of your country ? United States!? You have to take the name if the continent coz you could not find a name?? Every country is made of states. But where is your name!!??? I tell you what at least let me remove part of your IGNORANCE! Go and read the 📖 BOOK OF MOFMON! ! go and learn whose land is this land! American HISTORY ? PreColumbus History ! ZARAHEMLA ! Yes, that is the real name of this country ZARAHEMLA ZARAHEMLA LABD OF BOUNTY!! Not United States of hate !!! United in hate that’s what English had done pollution destruction of forest pollution in the seas MAY FLOWER BROUGHT PROSTITUTION! Ha! 2 of the fonder fathers one was. PREDATOR liked boys the other raped 14 years old! MAFIAS ! Human traffickers gringos ! VIETNAM! Korea! Why Korea will bombard us next year and again on 2019!!!! Hate! Why Arabs 911 love! No! Hate to English! Welcome to rope what you plant!! Don’t matter you buildings walls! Hate is stronger and you have lots of it!

  • Gladys Pallo

    Do you want to vanish us! Here is bad news!!! Spanish we are strangling the English language ! In one ☝️ or 200 there won’t be Englis spoken! We are killing your language also we have many babies 👶 ARABS TOO Arabs have babies by 12 ! Chinice will conquer America! Yellow Stone will destroy s whites ISRAELITES JOSEPHITES WE HAVE A PROMISE UPON OUR SHOULDERS ! Given by GOD we will be here awaiting for Jesus Christ! All land will be restored to all surviving tribes Forget reptilianos exist traterrestial! they have no part in this inheritance! So you are not fighting SPanish , COLUMBUS OR SO CALLED INDIANS ! You are fighting the will of God!

  • Amigostres Ye

    5:08 58% of the people that voted for Columbus just wanted a holiday so there won’t be school.

  • insanity Plus

    Reported for being misleading. Columbus didn't murder a bunch of people.

  • Gladys Pallo

    Also truly we are not From INDIA! So we are not Indians! Stupid ignorant white cracker! WE ARE DESCENDANTS OF ISRAELITES!! I Sm blood of Joseph of Egypt! Our father is JACOB! We came to this continent d First group Babel Tower JAREDITE group! Second group NEPHI ABD brothers Jose, LAMAN, Lemuel, Benjamin! But yeap LAMAN fought stronger ! I am we are LAMANITES stupid idiot!!! Go and learn HISTORY! Ignorant savage! Assassins! Killed my brothers in THANKSGIVING! you celebrated that killing not to GOD ! But coz your fathers had killed and spilled innocent 😇 blood! Furnace he’ll 🔥 waiting for you!

  • Gladys Pallo

    How can you be so STUPED! Ignorant! He directed and saw this continent first he set food in DOMINICAN REPUBLIC PR. He left and came back ! Still he he discovered new land for Spain! Your envy your destructive competition! His the hell SO I END UP BEING HALF INDIAN + half SPANISH and not English? Where all CENTRAL SOUTH AMERICA ARE STILL MIXIES! not English!!!!!! YOU EANT TO VANISH OUR CULTURE! Our identity! Language! Religion! Your hate is coz we Indians are still alive!!!!!

  • Bezerkur a6e

    Well Leif Eriksson was first, regardless. Relics and settlements of Norse origin in Newfoundland has already been confirmed. Just glad my ancestors weren't responsible for the genocide of a culture. But salut to ya.

  • Leignheart

    Short answer = Never call it indigenous peoples day. Act like you have brain.

  • Adam Phillips

    Daily Wire and Louder with Crowder. Watch them. They’re funny and informative. Vox is just a bunch of lying morons.

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  • Poncho Luoncho

    Can anyone tell me a nation not originally conquered and settled without violence? The “Noble Savage,” myth grows tiresome and isn’t factually accurate.

  • Javier Benavente

    It should be Spain' day because they did all the efforts... Brutality was magnified By Bartolomé because he needed to show in Spain that indigenous should be protected by law, be careful to look with our eyes what happened many centuries ago. Bartolomé de las casas reached his goal and the Kings passed a law protecting them.