Should Columbus Day become Native American Day?

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Monsterguitar (not verified)

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When the natives WOULDN'T convert.

TJMonster (not verified)

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My keyboard doesn't work very well sometimes.

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"Truth, when the native wouldn't convert"

TJMonster (not verified)

There is nothing to celebrate.

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Celebrate his achievements?!? Its was motivated by greed and selfishness.
I don't think we should have any holidays myself. Because sooner or later some cooperation will take advantage of it.
Truth, when the natives would convert to Catholicism, their babies were ripped from their mothers breast and thrown to hungry dogs. Theres a bit of truth about your heroic Columbus. People can no longer turn a blind eye to religious or political actions.

moe bandy (not verified)

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thanks

Christina (not verified)

Statement:why can't we

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Statement:why can't we celebrate Columbus' accomplishments
Answer:becuase what we specifically celebrate is his 'discovery' of America-which he did not do.So essentially, we celebrate a lie.

Statement:I didn't have anything to do with injustices of the past so I don't feel at all responsible for them today.

Answer:Great! Then stop celebrating injustices by honoring Columbus if you had nothing to do with it.

Statement: why don't you honor the achievements of great people of all backgrounds and work at making the future for Native Americans more than government handouts and corrupt casinos?

Answer: Cuz it starts by not belittling their culture and debating their truth as the true natives of this country.then maybe validity to discuss them as more than exstinct beings, who have been forced to government sanction reservations where materials are also gov't controlled and ppl must rely on them to survive.

djainslie (not verified)

We need to educate our

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We need to educate our students about what Columbus did, good and bad- but especially in the context of tolerance of all cultures. So, yes rename the holiday and please get rid of those silly activities that are still done in some primary classrooms with ships and pictures of this 'valiant' guy stepping onto Plymouth rock and 'greeting' the natives.

Katje Lehrman (not verified)

Taken out of the context of

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Taken out of the context of his time, it is easy to vilify Columbus. But perhaps that is why it is important to teach about how is voyages indelibly marked the lives of the indigenous people he encountered.
Since Columbus was inspired by the journals of Marco Polo, I use the occasion to remind students about the power of literacy to change (whether good or bad) the world.
But we do need to do more to teach about indigenous people and non-European cultures of the world.

Kevin Harper (not verified)

teacher - ELD

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Sometimes I wonder why it was made a holiday in the first place. Maybe we should just change the name to Day of Conquistador. :-)

I think the answer is as long as there is more than one story and perspective represented. The story of one may be true, but is it right or really educative to just have one story? I am reminded of a great TED talk titled The Danger of a Single Story that I just watched last night that relates to this debate. Here is the link http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story...

Please watch it and share it. It is really good.
-Kevin

joe (not verified)

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What's the matter you? Don't you like Itallinos? Many explorers came from Italy, like Columbus. Hey let's celebrate his imagination, fortitude, skill and ambition. Don't take it away! I admire many Native Americans--Techumse for instance, although it may not be spelled right. Why not have a native Am. week, or is that Thanksgiving? Afterall, we have a whole month in Feb. for Black people. This could even be extended since we have Mr. Nobel Peace Prize himself as our president.

P.S. I didn't have anything to do with injustices of the past so I don't feel at all responsible for them today.

ed shatto (not verified)

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Columbus may not have been the best of guys. But he was typical of his culture. He is historically relevant, and our kids need to learn about him. I remember when I was an elementary student (long ago) and he was celebrated almost like a cultural hero. I did not find out about his more insidious deeds until later in high scholl AP history. We need to show all of his contributions and faults. Maybe we could pick another day or way of celebrating Native American culture and heritage. I am part Choctaw, and now the wonderful culture that is there to share.

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