“They … brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned… . They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features…. They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane… . They would make fine servants…. With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.” This is what was written by our “hero” Christopher Columbus who we celebrate every year. But why do we celebrate him? Do we celebrate him because he enslaved and killed indigenous people? Columbus did more bad than good while exploring. We shouldn’t celebrate a person who enslaved people and killed them for no reason especially when they have no threats to the safety of people.
Over the last few months people have been rioting and protesting to take down confederate statues in Charlottesville, Virginia and other places. So why do we still celebrate Christopher Columbus Day? We celebrate it for him setting foot in America but did he actually? Yes Christopher Columbus stepped foot in South America but not North America. Also, Native Americans and Vikings “discovered” America way before Columbus even set sail. If statues should be torn down for the racism and slavery that was happened during the Civil War, then we should stop celebrating Columbus Day because he was doing some of the same things to the indigenous people of the Americas as the Confederates were doing to African Americans.
One of the first tribes that Columbus encountered was called the Arawak tribe and he was not to friendly with them. They were located on the island of Santa Maria. They were described by the Spanish as a very peaceful tribe and Columbus didn’t care he killed and enslave lots of native Caribbean tribes. Not just this tribe some of the other tribes he attacked was Taino, Haiti, and Caribs. These are just some of the tribes he brutally attacked and enslaved. So is this really a day we should give kids days off from school and parents days off of work for someone who didn’t even find north America.
We should stop celebrating this “holiday” because it sends a bad message to people by celebrating someone who did horrible things to the indigenous people. Once more people know the truth behind Christopher Columbus, then it will be easier to stop celebrating this “hero”. We should have a transition from this day to another day that we can celebrate instead of Columbus. Since people are protesting to tear down racist statues of the confederates, then we should definitely take this day out of our celebrations. We must inform people about what Columbus really did, which is slaughter and enslave threadless indigenous people.
We Americans celebrate holidays to honor people and important parts of history. There are many great moments in history like 4th of July honors how we became an independent nation by separating from Britain. We are suppose to celebrate Columbus Day but is he really person to give a day to celebrate? He didn’t do anything really to celebrate he killed many Native Caribbean people would we consider him a hero. To this day it is hard to take down the day because of the millions in America that don’t know the real story behind Christopher Columbus.