Only 1490’s kids will remember this *sails from Europe and destroys an indigenous population*
— Pumpkin Spiceotope (@BuckyIsotope) July 24, 2015
The United States of America has been celebrating and commemorating Columbus Day since 1934 but not a lot of Americans are happy about it. According to the activists, celebrating the day in honor of Christopher Columbus only reminds Americans of the painful history of colonialism particularly the genocide that happened after the explorer’s arrival in 1492. It also mocks and scoffs at the indigenous people of America as well as the significant contributions they have contributed to the country. This one particular tweet says it all:
Oh sure, make fun of Columbus. Like you’ve never gone to the grocery store for spices, gotten lost, then murdered several million people.
— Kevin Farzad (@KevinFarzad) October 13, 2014
These are the sentiments of a number of people regarding the celebration of the ‘discoverer of America’. While this tweet simplified everything:
In honor of #ColumbusDay I have discovered my neighbors house. Also slaughtered him and his family. I was trying to get to the grocery store
— Nathan Zed (@NathanZed) October 12, 2015
— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) October 12, 2015
More and more Americans are following the action that was first initiated in 1990 by the people of South Dakota when they renamed Columbus Day to Native American Day. Two years later, Berkeley in California followed suit calling it the ‘Indigenous Peoples Day.’ Soon other places are also changing Columbus Day commemoration to other celebrations. In Alaska and Oregon, they do not celebrate the day at all.
Now after decades-long campaign as an indigenous movement gains momentum, more cities in the United States will be honoring the Native Americans on Monday instead of celebrating the traditional Columbus Day.