American Indians made slaves of each other.It is clear that most who have voted on this do not know what Columbus day celebrates.
And I do not mean this to insult anyone.
Columbus day is not about what happened on his 2nd trip when he went back with 17 ships and 1,300 Spanish military men, farmers, craftsmen, and clergy, in early November 1493 leading to a lot of really bad things, or even the next many years of slavery and death.
It's not even about his initial landing in 1492. It's 100% about him making the round trip which led to what came long after the slavery, death and destruction.
It is about that fact that it eventually brought to this continent the Greatest Experiment in Human History. That being our Democratic Republic based on the two most important Documents ever created by mere mortal Humans, the Declaration of Independence, and our Constitution.
History is replete with examples of explorers taking advantage of people that were seen at the time as, uncultured, or uncivilized. heathens.
Where would or whole history have been had this continent not been discovered for another 100 or even 50 years?
Fact is we are today the SUM of everything we have experienced every minute of our existence and the same is is true of the evolution of any Nation for good or bad, and I believe our Nations effect on the world and everyone on it has been for the better in the long run.
Imagine what the world would be like had Hitler not been stopped or the Expansionism of Japan, or the USSR not been held in check because of the Cold War.
Has there things we should never be proud of? Of course, but we need to look forward as we keep in mind the failures of the past and set out to only do better.
Just my view of the reality that is life.