Christopher Columbus was an Italian navigator, colonizer, and explorer working for Spain. Big hunks of the United States were originally Spanish-conquered territories that we took from them. So, why we celebrate a long-gone European empire when we're a country that prides itself on throwing off another long-gone European empire?
It's a tacit show of support for arrogance based on force of arms and perceived superiority, and I think people are starting to realize that. I suspect, in fact, that the only people soon who are going to be arguing about keeping Columbus Day will be those who fear they will lose their chance to avoid going to class on the second Monday in October.
Shay Stewart-Bouley can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.
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