Why the US celebrates Columbus Day

Published on Oct 8, 2018
Should Columbus Day be Indigenous Peoples’ Day?
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In past decades, Christopher Columbus has gone from unquestioned US hero to problematic figure. For centuries, the destruction and disease he ushered into the Americas have been set aside, allowing the myth of a pioneering sailor who discovered America and proved the world was round to embed itself in US culture. But as this myth has been increasingly confronted with brutal historical facts, things have started to change.
While Columbus still has a national holiday in his honor, complete with parades and celebrations, there are many people fighting to dismantle the myth that surrounds him and choosing to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead.
Watch this video to understand how Columbus became a US icon over time and why his status is in question today.

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  • Correction: At 00:32 we incorrectly say that Columbus never set foot on North American soil. Columbus landed in Central America and the Caribbean which are both regions in North America. We meant to say that Columbus never reached the United States. We regret the error.

    • Delete your channel

    • @Alex, it's not hard to screw up when it is common to use "america" to mean the USA. So your ford truck made in Mexico is "made in America" in the way most people would mean that? i mean think of all of those good high paying jobs in the USA those "made in america" things will cause.

    • “Brutal historical facts”

    • So ignorant

    • Please fact check for important things like this next time. It's a good thing you commented though, but didn't update the video.

  • dont forget the Malian and the Viking that actally DID make it to 'America' over 100years before Columbus was thought of.

  • I’d argue this video is completely accurate.

  • He brought diversity to a monoracial nation, what a hero.

  • I don’t think you mentioned that some Native American tribes joined the explorers to take down the big ones. Like the Aztecs. The Aztecs enslaved people, killed people, and forced other tribes to tax them. Explorers and Native Americans took that empire down and Native Americans have been waring each other for centuries. Do you really think a small group of explorers can beat millions of Native Americans alone? You are making it sound like explorers came and killed a bunch of Peacekeepers. Which is very incorrect, also, if you think that a bunch of half naked men with bows and spears will beat men with guns and horses. Then you are just wrong. Diseases did kill many Native Americans but that was not the explorers intention. They didn’t come to the new world to kill everyone with diseases they came there for land, gold, and raw materials.

  • Does anybody has any evidence or support for the claim that the conventional wisdom of the Columbus time was that the Earth was round?

  • Didn't Fernando what's the one that proved the world was round not Columbus

  • So what if millions of Indian died? Why should we care.? Humans are meant to be killed right? What about people of iraq, afgan, yaman, Syria? US. Is doing the same what columbus did to them.

  • I assume a columbus day sale means I can just walk in and take whatever I want

  • School on columbus day? I just skip and stay home sleeping

  • If you want a real explanation of Columbus check the channel “knowing better” and not this

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  • You should make a video about VOX, the far right party that is becoming more powerful in Spain (that has the same name as your channel)

  • You are intentionally misleading people. Columbus largely was not responsible for the worst offenses committed, and most came after his role was finished. The channel Knowing Better has a good vid about what Columbus was and was not responsible for. So why are natives mad at him, he did not harm them or their ancestors personally and if not him some other European would uncover America and then the same would happen. Especially US Native Americans have no reason to hate him. As a non-American I think the best solution is to celebrate both Columbus Day and Native American Day on the same day and let everyone pick what they like and it creates unity since it celebrates both those who were already there and those who came later. Maybe rename it to Reconciliation Day and let everyone celebrate the legacy they like, native or colonial, or ideally both. Anyway I see no reason to hate on Columbus, his supposed vileness is greatly exaggerated and his good sides forgotten, both in case of him personally and what his arrival lead to.

  • You "opressed people" always weeping. Dude, consquest has been cruel throughout the whole world history. It keeps same nowadays, don´t cry about people you never knew (since they are just another conquered peoples in history) and about opression you never experienced. Is that hard to celebrate an event that brought development and joy to the world as it was america's colonization? Yeah it was cruel, but which event in international human contact wasn't ?

  • This video gave me Cancer.

  • The Native American community should have their own "Indigenous People's Day". Why? Trying to rename a day smacks reactionary activism (kind of like how Marxist, Islamists and even Christians have had a history of destroying holidays and cultures). The community should be proactive, in that they should choose a day that has nothing to do with Columbus. Celebrate the different "nations" that exist on the North American continent. And if this day is suppose to be American-centric, then I propose making September 17th as Indigenous People's Day. Why? It was the first treaty signed between the Delaware Indians and the United States government (Treaty of Fort Pitt, 1778). Alternatively, make a day in early November Indigenous People's Day. Why? November is Native American Heritage Month. In other words, promote Amerind Culture and History in a way that enhances the American Experience, not damage it with identity politics. Not necessary.

  • And yet we ignore the similar things the natives did

  • Vox - Form your opinion, then do your research to fit information to that opinion.

  • We do not celebrate Columbus because he discovered the united STATES of America... we celebrate him because he discovered the AMERICAS. (not counting Leif Erikson)

  • Nobody celebrates Columbus day, its just a no work day for some people.

  • If I ever have kids. I’ll teach them REAL history. Not whitewashed glamorized history that waters down the atrocities committed by colonizers AROUND the world There’s ZERO purpose to celebrate Columbus Day

  • Columbus nationality is still disputed. It is not certain he was italian. He could have also been portuguese or spanish.

  • Another reason to hate myself. Well played, Vox.

  • 4:29 George Bush in a wig

  • “Children were told...” Let’s let vox speak for all children. This is such a poorly organized “educational” platform

  • Idc if it's Columbus Day or Indigenous People's Day, I just want my 3-day weekend.

  • You guys are forgetting how these Indians were acting like douche-bags to Christopher Columbus. So he and his group fought with guns while the Indians had spears. Who would win the rivalry. Columbus also made peace with another group of Indians that didn’t try to kill which something we are never told.

    • yeah no he enslaved em all and in 30 years he had killed 9/10th of the population yeah

  • So you blame the massacre of North American natives by first the British Empire and later the USA on Columbus. That makes no sense to me. The king and Queen of Spain declared native people in the Americas to have soul and be treated as humans, that is why unlike north America, latin american natives are the predominant ethnic group in the parts that were colonized by Spain and you find none or little African descents there too, because transport of slaves in Spain was forbid from the very beginning of the colonization. Besides, it is not clear that Columbus was a Genovese. With this video your buying the black legend of the Spanish Empire, lies built by other European nations at that time to criticize the power of the Spanish crown by then and have an excuse to make pirates Lords.

  • If you want to see what the Spaniards did with all the gold stolen/plundered from the Americas visit Madrid!

  • More leftist propaganda from Vox.

  • The credit of the discovery of America shouldn't go to Christopher Columbus, that should go to Indigenous people and Vikings.

    • i know that. but we should give credit to them other than Indigenous people

    • +LaLaGrunge because we found no need to disturb the people living there they had nothing we needed and did not see any reason to stay and thus we left we still discovered america around 500 years before so yes vikings found em

    • jean-claude schwartz The Vikings did not stay. They left!

  • Liberal agenda... they give fake facts to support their ideas.....

  • You can tell a lot about a people by looking at their honored! Needless to say, those defending Columbus descend from the same wicked seed! They have Andrew Jackson on their currency! Benny Franklin also “discovered” electrical current w/a “stringed” kite... yeah I never saw a string conduct a current either but “high iQ” wyte ppl said so , so it’s must be true, right? But the hypocrites talk about Castro or pigs on socks? Yeah , some nerve huh.... low character even less morals...

    • Sceptre It wasn't Guatemalans or Pakistanis who wrote the Constitution.

  • The way she says “catholic”

  • It's called propaganda. There was no mention of the slaves that came with his murderous journeys.

  • Columbus was a demon seed 💯

  • Happy fake outrage day

  • ITS A KIDS SHOW!!!! THEY ARENT GONNA SHOW DEATH AND KILLING!!!

  • Stfu liberal morons

  • 4:31 I thought this was George W Bush lol

  • But one side wanted to kill the other skins so the eropeans help the peaceful side

  • if anyone thinsk columbus is a genocidal maniac, then go watch knowing better's video about columbus, it changed my views!

  • Because we want school off

  • VOX = Fake News

  • HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY

  • I’m not even at the beginning of the video and I already know that there is gonna be some BULLSHIT in this

  • While there are many bad things that happened after Columbus arrived, there are also many good things that happened. For one thing, if Columbus hadn't arrived none of us would have been born.

  • As long as it gets me outta school i really dont care

  • 3:57 WRONG! Knights of Columbus were founded by the Irish-Americans: Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney.

  • Meh. If it's that important, then just rename the holiday to "indigenous people day." Seems like more of a non-issue than anything.

  • This video is garbage. It ignores the fact that we celebrate Columbus Day because he discovered the new world and set off the age of exploration. Yes Yes the vikings were in the new world first, but they didn't tell anyone, and it did not set off the age of exploration.

  • they shouldn’t. he didn’t discover it!!

  • He wasnt even the first European to step on American soil. In his journals he talked about enslaving the Natives. They raped them, killed them and enslaved them. No point in even calling this a holiday, only stupid Americans would celebrate this. Same for thanksgiving, the killings of the Wampanoags, where they decapitated the heads of Natives and encourage to kill Natives insight. America needs to tell the truth about what happened to the Natives. You only hear about what really happened in college courses and not everyone goes to college.

  • We really don’t though,California doesn’t, most states don’t and not even Columbus city celebrates it

  • Vox stop being a leftist channel , keep you videos neutral. Its obvious Columbus never did any warm to anyone , indigenous people died because of diseases the Europeans had.

  • Columbus: *Discovers America* Native Americans: *gets stick and die* Vox: Genocide.

  • This is very poorly researched. There is no evidence of Columbus massacre of Natives

  • Yay! Columbus, GA! We made it to VOX! Lol

  • you say that columbus treated indigenous people poorly, but keep in mind this happened centuries ago. you cant judge someone on morals with modern standards. the reason we celebrate columbus day is because if he didn’t do his first voyage then no one would’ve travelled to the americas. we wouldn’t be here today.

  • columbos may have murdered people but if not for him we wouldnt have the usa the most powerful country in the world (well its quite debated but even then its number 2) and i wouldnt be so privledged to live in the us thank you happy columbus day

  • A quick google search will tell you that the essay they used was written almost 30 years after CC's death. Poor journalism...

  • Columbus Day, Indigenous peoples' Day, how 'bout instead we go with Afro-Eurasia Americas Reunion Day? #AfroEurasiaAmericasReunionDay #ColumbusDay #IndigenousPeoplesDay

  • Happy hitler day

  • Throughout the centuries of time, every race has been conquered by another, enslaved, raped, murdered, either by their own tribe or another.No person or tribe owns the land that was created by the higher Gods. The true original salve creators were Africans themselves and the Muslim Arab worlds.Yes, Europeans did follow at a later time, but of a fraction of what was original created.Still to this day Africans and Arabs are still being enslaved by their own people.Lets focus on the current facts that have been existing. I would also like to add that Native American tribes were far more gruesome, to their own people, to the crusaders, settlers and pilgrims, then the other way around.White Europeans have flourished throughout the world throughout time, with inventions that we all should be thankful and privileged for. Why is Africa still always a mess?why is the Middle East always a mess? why is it that non white countries are in a constant struggle for the betterment?Why is it that non White people want to come to White European created nations?We all the know the answer, but there are still many who are in denial and ignorant of the real facts.Lastly, columbus never set foot in North America.Do not get it confused, for all the uneducated. Yes, slavery is wrong rightfully disgusting and wrong. In final, STOP BLAMING THE WHITE MAN AND START BLAMING THE TRUE FOUNDERS, YOUR OWN PEOPLE AND YOURSELF.

  • Leif Erikson actually discovered north America in the 11th century which he was a Viking and he discovered Newfoundland, Canada.

  • It is not fair to judge the people from 500 years ago with todays moral sense. The Spanish weren't that terrible in South America as British 'black legend' narrative has tried to portrait. Some Spanish treated badly indigenous people, others treated them right. Some inigenous nations were also cruel to other indigenous people. We shouldn't try to amend the whole history. North Americans tend to forget that their British ancestors almost extiguished the natives, recluding the few that survived into today's reserves. Ask yourselves this: how many natives and mixed-race people are there currently in South America and how many in North America?

  • Native rights barely became part of the conversation during the Civil Rights movement, unfortunately. I mean BARLEY. American blacks live in a paradise compared to the majority of native peoples nowadays.

  • If he stepped foot on central America then he stepped foot in North America. Central America is not a continent.

  • Columbus day was created so Catholics could have a holiday. Pedophile day was their second choice They went with genocidal maniac

  • Only looking at the negative, how bias. Columbus is being smeared. Most is lies too that Columbus was bad. Not true

  • Columbus was just an immigrant bringing much needed diversity.

  • Heroic, Lie and glorify War..... nothing new

  • Happy Chistopher Colombus day

  • That moment when the truth is more complicated than “good” or “bad” :-J good try vox, take 2

  • Well, the US didn’t exist...

  • America Respect's the Caribbean and that's good.

  • yeah, thats why that cartoon hasnt been shown since cameras recorded in black and white. idiots.

  • Columbus got lucky. His entire voyage was a failure. Like Trump, Columbus was a Racist Fake.

  • SO CHRIST IS NOT SAVIOR TO ALL CIZ HE ONLY SET FOOT IN JERUSALEM? Then Hod is not God for America coz He has never sat foot here!? Your ignorance and ridiculous allegations are rotten as your people! Excuse me what is the name of your country ? United States!? You have to take the name if the continent coz you could not find a name?? Every country is made of states. But where is your name!!??? I tell you what at least let me remove part of your IGNORANCE! Go and read the 📖 BOOK OF MOFMON! ! go and learn whose land is this land! American HISTORY ? PreColumbus History ! ZARAHEMLA ! Yes, that is the real name of this country ZARAHEMLA ZARAHEMLA LABD OF BOUNTY!! Not United States of hate !!! United in hate that’s what English had done pollution destruction of forest pollution in the seas MAY FLOWER BROUGHT PROSTITUTION! Ha! 2 of the fonder fathers one was. PREDATOR liked boys the other raped 14 years old! MAFIAS ! Human traffickers gringos ! VIETNAM! Korea! Why Korea will bombard us next year and again on 2019!!!! Hate! Why Arabs 911 love! No! Hate to English! Welcome to rope what you plant!! Don’t matter you buildings walls! Hate is stronger and you have lots of it!

  • Where did you get this information at?

  • Do you want to vanish us! Here is bad news!!! Spanish we are strangling the English language ! In one ☝️ or 200 there won’t be Englis spoken! We are killing your language also we have many babies 👶 ARABS TOO Arabs have babies by 12 ! Chinice will conquer America! Yellow Stone will destroy s whites ISRAELITES JOSEPHITES WE HAVE A PROMISE UPON OUR SHOULDERS ! Given by GOD we will be here awaiting for Jesus Christ! All land will be restored to all surviving tribes Forget reptilianos exist traterrestial! they have no part in this inheritance! So you are not fighting SPanish , COLUMBUS OR SO CALLED INDIANS ! You are fighting the will of God!

  • 5:08 58% of the people that voted for Columbus just wanted a holiday so there won’t be school.

  • Reported for being misleading. Columbus didn't murder a bunch of people.

  • Also truly we are not From INDIA! So we are not Indians! Stupid ignorant white cracker! WE ARE DESCENDANTS OF ISRAELITES!! I Sm blood of Joseph of Egypt! Our father is JACOB! We came to this continent d First group Babel Tower JAREDITE group! Second group NEPHI ABD brothers Jose, LAMAN, Lemuel, Benjamin! But yeap LAMAN fought stronger ! I am we are LAMANITES stupid idiot!!! Go and learn HISTORY! Ignorant savage! Assassins! Killed my brothers in THANKSGIVING! you celebrated that killing not to GOD ! But coz your fathers had killed and spilled innocent 😇 blood! Furnace he’ll 🔥 waiting for you!

  • How can you be so STUPED! Ignorant! He directed and saw this continent first he set food in DOMINICAN REPUBLIC PR. He left and came back ! Still he he discovered new land for Spain! Your envy your destructive competition! His the hell SO I END UP BEING HALF INDIAN + half SPANISH and not English? Where all CENTRAL SOUTH AMERICA ARE STILL MIXIES! not English!!!!!! YOU EANT TO VANISH OUR CULTURE! Our identity! Language! Religion! Your hate is coz we Indians are still alive!!!!!

  • Well Leif Eriksson was first, regardless. Relics and settlements of Norse origin in Newfoundland has already been confirmed. Just glad my ancestors weren't responsible for the genocide of a culture. But salut to ya.

  • Well... he wasn't even Italian, he was from Galizia.

  • Short answer = Never call it indigenous peoples day. Act like you have brain.

  • Daily Wire and Louder with Crowder. Watch them. They’re funny and informative. Vox is just a bunch of lying morons.

  • CHRIS COLUMBUS WROTE THE GOONIES AND DIRECTED HOME ALONE AND HARRY POTTER. #THATSWHYWECELEBRATE