Why does anyone care? Does anyone on this forum that has commented in this thread actually celebrate Columbus Day? Other than being a bank holiday most people don't get the day off and only notice it because the banks are closed. What difference does it make that Seattle made it a Native American holiday instead? I think some people just look for something to bitch about it.
"You're the only person that decides how far you'll go and what you're capable of." - Ben Saunders (Explorer and Endurance Athlete)
Columbus Day is a legal holiday. The states, as well as the cities, can determine whether or not they want to acknowledge Columbus Day on the second Monday of October, or Indigenous People's Day, Flying Saucer Day, Starbucks Coffee Day or Satanic Demon Day if they like.
There are plenty of states in the Union that do not acknowledge Columbus Day. Why this Indigenous People's Day is such a surprise is beyond me.
Screw Columbus. He was an asshole that deserves no recognition. He sailed a boat and landed in a new land. Big ****ing deal. The natives would have prospered and continued their progression into modern times just nicely without Whitey...
The tribal societies were roughly about on par with ancient European peoples like the Celts or Germanic tribes. The Aztecs were... Well, the Aztecs.
Christopher Columbus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaDe las Casas records that when he first came to Hispaniola in 1508, "there were 60,000 people living on this island, including the Indians; so that from 1494 to 1508, over three million people had perished from war, slavery, and the mines. Who in future generations will believe this? I myself writing it as a knowledgeable eyewitness can hardly believe it...."
originally from de las Casas, Bartolome (1971). History of the Indies. New York: Harper & Row.
South Dakota changed Columbus Day to Native American Day 20 years ago.
I'm sure no one really cares about that...