Columbus Day, which falls the second Monday of every October in the United States, is America’s most awkward holiday. It’s the day we celebrate America’s discovery by Christopher Columbus in 1492. But, as many Americans can tell you, Columbus never actually reached North America and America had been discovered thousands of years earlier by humans who migrated from northeast Asia (and around 1000 A.D. by Leif Erikson). More to the point, Columbus is increasingly known less as an explorer than as a genocidal maniac who began the centuries-long destruction of the Americas’ native populations. Full story: http://edition.cnn.com/2014/10/12/living/columbus-day-indigenous-people-day/
Celebrating genocidal maniacs is never fun, and even less so when it’s on the false pretenses of a discovery that they didn’t quite make.
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