Devil’s Advocate for Columbus Day

Positionality: This is written by a half-white half-Asian female who grew up in New Jersey, and ever since leaving New Jersey has been teased by people who think NJ consists of nothing but ignorant Italian Americans that drive on highways.

Recently governments at the municipal and state level have been doing two things:abolishing Columbus day and adding an additional holiday, Indigenous People’s Day. From my understanding, this is coming from the defense that Columbus Day is not only the falsely-claimed European discoverer of the Americas, but that it praises a history of white Europeans conquering the Americas. Indigenous People’s Day then is a response by praising Indigenous/Native American/Indian  culture and their history on the same land.  I agree that it’s about time we change how we talk about our history.

I want to talk about Christopher Columbus and what he represents.

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