Ok so the latest trend or politically correct term for Columbus Day is now Indigenous People Day. No matter what you call it, it’s still a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas on October 12, 1492. It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states as early as the 18th century, but did not become a federal holiday until 1937. For many, the holiday is a way of both honoring Columbus’ achievements and celebrating Italian-American heritage. But throughout its history, Columbus Day and the man who inspired it have generated controversy, and many alternatives to the holiday have proposed since the 1970s. Thanks to History.com Here’s a short video with some interesting theories! Very different than what we learned in school.
Why is it controversial?
Scholars began critically examining Columbus’s legacy in the late 20th century, arriving a more nuanced – and significantly less flattering – picture of the famed explorer.
Historians pointed out how populations in the areas Columbus explored had been decimated in the wake of his arrival. In his landmark history book, A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn pointed to the Arawak Indians on the Bahama Islands. The native population dwindled from thousands to mere hundreds in the decades after Columbus landed.
Columbus also enslaved the people of many of the places he conquered, sending hundreds of slaves back to the Queen in Spain. The people who were not enslaved were often ruled with an iron fist: Columbus was said to have used violence and torture to control the native populations.
What are some alternatives?
In response to this history, several cities and states have elected not to celebrate Columbus Day at all. Instead, they replace it with holidays to commemorate their indigenous populations.
The most common alternative is Indigenous Peoples Day, a holiday celebrating the native peoples of North America. Cities such as Berkeley, California; Seattle, Washington; Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Denver, Colorado, have adopted this holiday in lieu of Columbus Day. Los Angeles will start celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day in 2019.
The state of South Dakota celebrates a similar holiday – Native American Day – on the second Monday of October. Hawaii celebrates Discoverer’s Day, which commemorates the arrival of Polynesian settlers. Finish the entire article from our friends at Independent.co.uc
Whoever discovered the Americas, I’m thankful they did because we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the mountain life here in the Georgia Mountains!
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