Reconsidering Columbus Day

Tomorrow is Columbus Day, and today is a Federal holiday celebrating Christopher Columbus‘ famous voyage to “discover” America.

Like most people, I’ve never given much thought to the holiday other than remembering talking about it in elementary school and knowing that banks are closed today.

That was until I saw this thought-provoking PSA asking viewers to reconsider America’s celebration of the holiday.

This PSA got me thinking, and I have to agree with the point made by it. Celebrating Christopher Columbus is effectively a slap in the face to descendants of the indigenous peoples whose lives were ruined by colonization. Is keeping with tradition a legitimate reason to continue celebrating a man who caused harm to so many? That does not seem right to me.

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