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When you read the journal written by Columbus you see that he thought the natives were subhuman, heathen savages. He gave choice native girls as rewards to some of his men. He used brutal military force on a generally peaceful population with the intention of making slaves of them.
I agree that the day should be changed to a more appropriate Native American Day or even Adventurers' Day, as suggested above.
It is a wise practice to step back and objectively look at what we as a people do, and why, and make adjustments for the better. We all are always learning!
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The second Monday in October might better be termed Discovery Day. Perhaps the emphasis could be shifted from Columbus to other discoveries such as Newton's "discovery of gravity" which was built on the foundation laid by Techo, Copernicus, and Kepler. Teachers throughout the country could make lessons that honored any of a variety of discoveries and discoverers whether scientific, medical, political, or historical.
There should be another day to recognize Native Americans and their contributions to our current culture. There should be more teaching in our schools about Native Americans, their proud history and the indignities heaped on them by the U.S. government and the pioneers the government represented in the great land grab of eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
It is appropriate to recognize the achievement that Columbus made in linking the "Old World and New World". His exploration did change history and it is worthwhile for students to study and understand this period of history. Instead of talking about dumping Columbus Day we should add a holiday such as Native American Day, one does not have to negate the other.
Yes, we have valuable lessons to learn from Columbus, Leif Ericsson, Native Americans, the Chinese, and the list goes on and on and on! There are important contributions that each of the above and so many more individuals and groups have contributed towards making us the successful nation we are. The diversity and openness to new ideas and to freedom of thought, faith and to be successful based on individual accomplishments and not just our limited heritage. A day when we acknowledge the success and contribution of so many in our couple hundred year history as a nation would be a better opportunity to learn from our history - our mistakes and triumphs - to make a better future!
If you want to honor people who made extraordinary voyages, you could call the day "Explorers Day" to honor anyone who made such a trip, including other sailors, space travelers, etc.
But, I also think there should be a Native American Heritage Day.
I also think that the stories of survival and pride should be mandated as part of public school curricula. Imagine if we had sports teams called the Boston Blackies or the New York N******??? Why do you think that Native Americans are so incensed at the sports names and mascots? Because they are demeaning, always portrayed in stereotype.
Read 1491 and then tell me if you still think Columbus Day is a good idea.
Columbus Day should stay the same, It recognizes the separation between the old and new worlds and the chronological division of time. Admittedly, the invasion of the western world into Native American lands was unfortunate but Columbus was the explorer recognized for discovering land on the other side of the Atlantic and I think it is important that those events be understood and the changes in world history.
European's acted little different towards the Native American's as when they conquered each other and as the Native American's conquered other Native American's.
It shoulden't be called Columbus Day at all. Lief Ericson was the first to land in North America, Columbus didn't even hit the continent he landed on an island in the Carribean. He was no explorer,HE WENT ON VACATION. He was just another white guy who went to the Bahamas, and where I come from you don't get a day named after you for going on vacation. So HAPPY LIEF ERICSON DAY!!!!!!!!
Columbus Day should continue to be a celebration of DISCOVERY. The Old World "finding" the New World. We should examine the consequences of this "discovery" on everyone. However, to link Native American Day to the day of celebration for the "oppressor" smacks of revisionism. Let Columbus Day remain and consider the establishment of a Native American Day on a date significant to native americans.