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Should We Celebrate Columbus Day Essay

  • I wrote 5000 words on this guy

    I live in England and I did a very through research on Columbus. Columbus did discover new parts of the world such as parts of South America, however, in many of his letters, Columbus only ever refers to the natives as items of a trade not even has humans, in one account there is someone describing a rape of the natives. Columbus was even responsible for an epidemic of Syphilis which killed many people. Columbus had poor management skills in which on the island of Hispaniola, many of his men were killed due to rebellion from the natives due to mistreatment by his men. Columbus even thought the world was pear shaped. This guy is truly crazy and was driven by the power of greed.

  • An American Hero?

    Christopher Columbus is just plainly not a good man, or sailor. He was terrible to his crew and to the native people of America. His greed and lust for treasure, like all explorers, drove him. American textbooks always make it seem like he was an important man, first to discovery America, first to prove the world isn't flat. For one, by 1492, if you still believed the world was flat, you were considered an idiot. People knew well before the world wasn't flat. The Vikings had already reached America long before Columbus, and to tell you the truth, if he never sailed the ocean blue, someone else would have. Columbus does not deserve a holiday. A weird thing to note, only Christopher Columbus and Martin Luther King Jr. Have American holidays named after them. All others are basic titles, like presidents day, which represents Washington and Lincoln.
    Columbus is basically an overrated American hero people keep trying to make good.

  • I say NO

    Christopher Columbus shouldn't have taken the native americans land ! The Native Americans didn't deserve to be enslaved and be treated the way they did ! Christopher Columbus stole their land , killed them , and worked them to death !! . Columbus faked friendships with the Tiano people just to use them for the land . Columbus did nothing to help the Native Americans . He didn't even discover america the Vikings did but they didn't be gritty they got what they needed and then they left . Columbus didn't do anything but hurt and work those poor native people to the death of them . And he has the nerve THE NERVE !!! To call them Indians without even getting to meet them and finiding out what their real culture is ? WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD STILL WANT TO CELEBRATE COLUMBUS DAY ? Think of it as you were in the poor native peoples shoes ? You wouldn't know how they felt beiing bossed around on their own land something that they found first and he is going to just take it from them and he has the nerve to be called a hero ! Columbus is nothing but a jerk and he doesn't deserve this holiday Columbus day . I rather go to school then celebrate demeaning holiday that nobody should care about .

  • No no no

    No. He was a greedy person who didn't treat the Native people as HUMANS, and ordered his men to rape women and set dogs on infants and cut people's hands off. HE WAS TERRIBLE AND COLUMBUC DAY SHOULD NOT BE CELEBRATED. Hilter made an impact; does he get a day of celebration??? I don't think so.

  • I do not think we should celebrate Christopher Columbus.

    I do not think that we should celebrate Christopher Columbus because he was not the first to find the Americas. A viking named Leif Ericson founded the Americas 500 years earlier. Columbus and his gang brought disease to the Americas. Causing death and illness from the small pox disease. Small pox originated from live stock. It made the population decrease tragically because of death.

    But some people think otherwise. This person on debate.Org says, “Many may argue that Columbus doesn't deserve to be celebrated and that he is a killer and rapist but what you call home today is because of Columbus.” Which can be true, but Leif Ericson discovered the Americas 500 years prior, so someone other than Christopher Columbus new there was more than just one land out there. Columbus and his gang did bring the Americas livestock and varieties of vegetables and fruit, but he also brought disease and treated the people wrong.

  • Oops I meant to click yes hahaha sorry

    We all learn how in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue, but what we are failed to be told in 1st grade wearing our paper pilgrim hats is that months after he killed and raped the natives, started slavery, and in fact did not discover America. So what exactly are we celebrating? Although the person behind the name is not exactly worth idolizing, Columbus represents a bigger idea than that. Columbus day represents a spread of culture and the begging of the new world we know today. Columbus's personality does not change the fact the he bridged the gap between two worlds and started a universal culture. His name today represents the beginning of the age of exploration, where ideas flourished and curiosity bloomed. I believe Columbus Day should be celebrated, but it should be renamed to exploration day. So we are more clearly and accurately describing what we are celebrating.

  • I don't believe that we should celebrate a day of sorrow as a celebration with parades and parties.

    Many people who are not informed of what Columbus did, celebrate what they think he did. They think he discovered the Americas and made the world as it is today. That is not completely true. He came to the Americas and completely took over. He cut off people's hands and let them bleed to death in the beach. He also killed anyone in his way of getting gold, land, resources, and other materials that Europe needed. In my opinion I do not think that we should celebrate happily, we should be mournful that our generations before us were cruel and greedy enough to kill everyone in their way just to get whatever they wanted.

  • Why should we?!

    Why should we be celebrating Columbus if we don't even know everything about his journey? Everyone might think that he was amazing but sorry to be a buzz kill...HE'S NOT. He slaughtered and stole and was a horrible person in total. He disrespected the natives and spat on them as if they're trash when all they wanted to do was help. Do you really want to be celebrating some one like that???

  • Why should we?!

    Why should we be celebrating Columbus if we don't even know everything about his journey? Everyone might think that he was amazing but sorry to be a buzz kill...HE'S NOT. He slaughtered and stole and was a horrible person in total. He disrespected the natives and spat on them as if they're trash when all they wanted to do was help. Do you really want to be celebrating some one like that???

  • I don’t think that we should celebrate columbus day.

    I say this because I found out that Christopher Columbus had token the Native Americans land.The native Americans were slaved to do his work. Christopher Columbus used the Taino people just for their land. Christopher Columbus Didn't Discovered The Native Americans the Vikings Discovered them first and got what they needed from them and left. Christopher Columbus work them to death and killed them. Christopher Columbus treated them wrong. I don't think that he deserved to be celebrated.

  • Does your school recognize Columbus Day as an official holiday? What do you know about Christopher Columbus?

    In this 2014 piece, “Columbus Day, or ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’?,” Jake Flanagin writes:

    It’s a controversial day with a turbulent history. “This historically problematic holiday — Columbus never actually set foot on the continental U.S. — has made an increasing number of people wince, given the enslavement and genocide of Native American people that followed in the wake of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria,” writes Yvonne Zipp for The Christian Science Monitor. “The neighborhood wasn’t exactly empty when he arrived in 1492.”

    Back in 1992 — 500 years after Columbus’s fateful landing in the Caribbean — Berkeley, Calif., was the first American city to repurpose his day in honor of Native America. “Talk of an alternative Columbus Day dates back to the 1970s,” writes Nolan Feeney for Time, “but the idea came to Berkeley after the First Continental Conference on 500 Years of Indian Resistance in Quito, Ecuador, in 1990. That led to another conference among Northern Californian Native American groups.” Attendees brought the idea in front of the Berkeley City Council, after which they “appointed a task force to investigate the ideas and Columbus’ historical legacy.” Two years later, council members officially instated Indigenous Peoples’ Day in lieu of Columbus by a unanimous vote.

    The California state senator Lori Hancock, then the mayor of Berkeley, remembers encountering Italian-American pushback similar to that in Seattle. “We just had to keep reiterating that that was not the purpose,” she told Mr. Feeney. “The purpose was to really affirm the incredible legacy of the indigenous people who were in the North American continent long before Columbus.”

    And it’s worth noting that not all Italian-Americans tote Christopher Columbus as a symbol of cultural pride. “Those supposed leaders in the Italian-American community who oppose Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the same day as Columbus Day do not speak for all of us of Italian descent,” writes Margaret Viggiani of Seattle in a letter to The Seattle Times. “They certainly don’t speak for me. I, and many others, agree wholeheartedly with the long-overdue change and applaud the Seattle City Council for doing it.”

    “Why should anyone take pride in honoring the life of a man who brought misery and degradation of the native peoples of this hemisphere?” she asks. “It’s time to give due to the important and overlooked accomplishments of the many indigenous people who inhabited this hemisphere long before it was named the Americas.”

    Students: Read the entire article, then tell us:

    — Why does the United States celebrate Columbus Day? In your opinion, is the holiday problematic?

    — What do you think of the argument for changing the name and focus of the holiday from Columbus to “indigenous peoples”? Does it dishonor the heritage of Italian-Americans, a group that has also faced discrimination? Or does it serve to recognize and affirm the overlooked history and contributions of Native Americans?

    — Do you think changing the name of the holiday can change the way indigenous peoples are treated and remembered in United States history? Or is this move largely symbolic?

    — Do you think the United States should continue to recognize Columbus Day as an official holiday? If so, why? If not, should we celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead — or something else?


    Related Teaching Idea: The Role of Monuments

    In an August 2017 piece, Trip Gabriel writes:

    ... since the violence in Charlottesville, Va., two weeks ago, the anger from the left over monuments and public images deemed racist, insensitive or inappropriate has quickly spread to statues of Christopher Columbus and the former Philadelphia tough cop mayor Frank Rizzo, Boston’s landmark Faneuil Hall, a popular Chicago thoroughfare and even Maryland’s state song. An Asian-American sportscaster named Robert Lee was pulled from broadcasting a University of Virginia football game.

    The disputes over America’s racial past and public symbols have proliferated with dizzying speed, spreading to states far beyond the Confederacy and inspiring campaigns by minorities and political progressives across the country.

    In September 2017, a statue of Columbus in New York City was defaced with red paint stained on his hands, symbolizing his role in the genocide of Native Americans. In August of 2017 in Baltimore, another statue of Columbus was graffitied with the words: “Racism: Tear it down.”

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