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.

    • ok but how could you say central america is not north america it's basic geography

    • +driftwolf Europeans were (and still are) economically, socially, artistically and militarily superior to north - south & central americans. Europeans conquered them easily - too easy!

    • +James Huffmar "they were savages and they fought wars and committed genocides". You mean, exactly like the Europeans who claim moral superiority over them, but in fact had none? You mean like Europeans who enslaved locals, attempted to forcibly convert them to their religion, and killed them if they refused? Not once, but repeatedly, to anyone who got in his way, not just the violent ones? Because said European considered themselves "morally superior"? Complain all you want, Columbus and his cohorts, by any standard, shouldn't be celebrated.

    • I'm Honduran. The US made my birth country have the murder capital of the world because most drug addicts with wealth are in the US & Canada, so they make trafficking to the North extremely profitable for gangs, making them powerful enough to make a farce out of the government. Thanks, US, for being a shithole so bad your stink sticks to its neighbours. I'm glad I left the US of AIDS before WW3. DEUS VULT!

    • Look at you guys spreading misinformation. Keep on lying.

  • so the union party held back the native americans, and did not give them a say

  • But wait vikings found america first lol get ur facts right.

  • "The Native American who discovered Columbus made a terrible discovery." Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)

  • Columbus was a RAPIST. So Happy Rape Day.

  • At the end an Italian Landead in new York 50 years later. so Now you are all Fucktup in your History!!!🇮🇹

  • Obviously most people shouldn't trust a poll that was done by the knights of columbus these are the same people who think there's just a few bad apples when it comes to priests RAPING children

  • I live in the Caribbean and we wouldn't even dream of making a day for that greedy genocidal maniac 🙌🙌🙌

  • I'm surprised the founding fathers chose Columbus over Amerigo Vespucci (i.e. the guy that the name America is based on).

  • Lol, I only like Clumbus Day cus' there's no school.

  • How you get credit for "discovery" if people already there? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • Americans are so hellbent to keep this idealized version of Columbus despite the evidence contradicting the ideas. Its truly disgusting

  • What's worse? "Columbus Day"? Or if I mention the cleaning product "Spic and Span"? The reaction is enough to consider the association a "race is involved somehow" joke. What's worse? And should Spin and Span be removed either by public action through law or consumer boycott?

  • The vikings and another italian, John Cabot opened America for english-speaking people.

  • The Vikings beat him by almost half a millennium. They did not know it was North America, but neither did Columbus hence Indians (India). There is also evidence that the Scandinavians inhabited Greenland until the 14th century. The Vikings that landed there had a name for the natives. "Skralings" which roughly translates into "little ugly people" lol. I learned this stuff from college and I just thought I would share it.

  • Because we, the Italians, spanish, portugues, french, spaniards, etc spawned them.

  • Indigenous People's Day

  • Aww.. we destroyed the indians mud huts and built educational institutions, constructed hospitals, invented technology in this land. White people are terrible for advancing the world.

  • SIN COLON NO EXISTIERA EL "DIA DE ACCION DE GRACIAS" .

  • I was taught in Central America to hate the Spanish. Then I grew up, grew a beard, realized I was 100 percent Spanish because of my Spanish beard and other evidence, and learned more about my past, seeing how glorious it was. Columbus was a devil worshiper Knight Templar whose ships La Niña, La Pinta y La Santa María displayed, if ubiquitous illustrations are based on the truth, the Templar cross showing their mission was to establish masonry in other lands, not so much Catholicism which also uses the Templar cross because the Templars aka elite so-called "free"masons who call themselves "ILLUMINATI" also control Catholicism which is idolatrous making Mary a goddess in effect. Everyone who says they are against slavery is a hypocrite when they are silent about terrorist Muslims made prisoners of war. Captives are slaves. The Spanish were in a global war against Islam. If Spain did not conquer what it did, Muslims like the Turks may have gotten there first. Spain was not going to sit idly by and let Islam grow in strength making the Reconquista pointless. Spain improved the civilization of the Natives who were in some cases cannibals or sacrificed humans. Spain taught of racial equality, that all come from Adam. The Spanish mingled with the Natives unlike the British norm. Spain defended the Philippines from Muslim invaders from Brunei and elsewhere. Filipinos would be bowing to Mecca five times a day if not for my people who improved their civilization, united them and gave them chocolate from Aztec lands conquered. Except for some bad apples among the Spanish who deserved torture and death, the Spanish did not kill Natives unless the Natives were hostile to the agents of improved civilization and protection from Islam or human sacrificers or what have you. Ironically, if Muslims took over Spain, land of my ancestors, and executed the libtards in the government and their libtarded army who disgrace Spain, I would be glad to see justice there. 4:32 It's George Dubya Bush with a wig! lol

  • I think the natives enjoyed our immigration. They never built any walls.

  • Diversity is our strength

  • And yet you celebrate Thanksgiving without complaining lmaooooooo

  • I don't understand why the f*** I got a holiday after this guy that killed thousands of people it's just a shame... it's so funny how white people always say they discovered stuff but they haven't discovered anything they just stole from everybody

  • y’all be saying you hate America but your comment is on a platform made by an American i-

  • So basically a few hundred of conquistadors conquered lands of millions with their own hands. No help from the native tribes at all. Damn, these spaniards were super humans? Come on... Do not insult the intelligence. They were IN CONSTANT fightings. Aztec/Inca Empires were subduing the surrounding tribes, which was used by the spanish as an advantage.

  • Vox never puts a source after their video or in the description.

  • Guys, you are decontextualizing stuff, you shoud study more history, really. Columbus has done nothing wrong in the eyes of a man of his time. You are the ones that are judging a man using your own modern values. Every civilization had slaves, Aztecs had them, it was normal. The word "slave" came from "slav", becouse slavs were common slaves in medieval time, and they were white, but it was not important at the time. When ancient greeks conquered another greek city, they could decide to kill all males and sell every one else like slaves, so, i guess, now we have problems with columns...

  • Lot of towns have stopped having parades for the Columbus. The truth is coming out.

  • where are your sources??

  • You celebrate Stalin and Mao so....

  • everyone took land back then lol

  • I love Columbus Day! Nice job discovering the new world! Vox nice error and hold the L.

  • Columbus brought back Syphilis lol

  • native American discover first!and he is a murderer

  • careful not to confuse Columbus with Columbia, the personification of the United States

  • Christopher Columbus is such a fraud.

    • +Steven Beauchamp Well, sorry but I don't know what else to tell you. He discovered the new world and you wrote something in the US-tv comments section. I don't think it's much of a stretch to suggest that he's probably cooler than you are.

    • Dude! ...uncool. ☹️

    • He's cooler than you are.

  • Possibly because not many people know that Saint Brendan (allegedly) discovered America long before Columbus, but then just went right back to Ireland and left it at that. Brendan was possibly fond of tall tales, however.

  • We can't juge him that how it was at his time

  • When you spend centuries killing your neighbours, but when Europeans do it it's different and evil 😎👍

  • How can you you celebrate ? As per my knowledge Colombus was the one who infected the Native Americans with Disease that he brought from Europe in order to kill the Native population. This disease killed 90% of the Population Isnt it ?

  • 2:18 is the picture from a German painter or why is the title German?

  • All you guys did was get rid of another Holliday. We don’t get any new ones that often

  • Europeans wrote the history which made them comfortable - now everything will change - there are more babies of non-European origin than European. Now, the truths will come out.

  • I feel as we should have a colombus day but then also have a day for native Americans such as indigenous people day

  • He discover the new world. Amazing......just like i travel to iceland to discover them.

  • Glad he gave us a day off a true unit

  • We should throw out Columbus Day & create Election Day instead to get people involved to act in their own government...

  • I remember (and this is sort of unrelated to Columbus) during a history class of our country, Venezuela, our professor showed us a letter from one of the spanish colonists where he talked about indigenous women and how they were the perfect lovers, showing so much skin and how they just stayed still and quiet and let them rape them after just a few hits. Americans are completely in the wrong about celebrating any kind of colonialism (or imperialism!) because all the colonists sent here were really awful people, plus Columbus wasn't really involved in British colonialism. But I do think it's ridiculous to hate so much on a guy that's been dead for centuries and it's sort of responsable for how our nations came to be here in America.

  • A part from the fact that Bartolomeo De Las Casas was only 8 years old at the time of Columbus's travels in the caribbean, and so the "information" given by the video from 2.00 to 2.17 is complete bullshit, i think that judging Culumbus's action by modern standards and modern morals is silly. In fact all the explorers of the late XV and XVI century were motivadet by a lust for fame wealth and power, also i would like to point out the fact that the majority of native americans were killed not directly by the europeans but by the diseases, like smallpox, bringed by the spanish, portuguese, and later british and french settlers. This video is misleading and historically inaccurate

  • Great men often suffer greatly. And where there is greatness, there is great error. Columbus was no exception, by all accounts. I consider Columbus one of the greatest men who ever lived, certainly since the time of Christ. I would therefore expect him to be demonized. Nevertheless, whether denounced by modern American Indian protesters paid by white liberals, or condemned by his own contemporary countrymen, the rage against Columbus has ever but slightly shadowed his true accomplishments. Anger is a weak ideology. True greatness is untouchable and triumphant, even if it's crucified along the way. As an American Indian-a Comanche-I find no objection at all to the Columbus venture. Columbus, having never encountered my people, or any other American Indian tribe, certainly deserves a dispassionate opinion from me. I find it stifling to be denied the wonderment his adventure affords. I find it demeaning to be coerced by political correctness to associate his name with every ill experienced by the American Indian subsequent to his arrival in the Caribbean. Fortunately, Columbus' name and adventure survived the contumely over the centuries. The liberal-backed Indians who protest today really represent the weakest criticism of all, the least logical, and the worst construct. Yes, in 1500 Columbus was brought back from the Caribbean to Castile-in chains. But there was earthly logic in that. Comendador Bobadilla, the Spanish governor of Hispaniola, saw some bloody evidence (hanging bodies of Spaniards-punished by Columbus), immediately misinterpreted it and took advantage of it, in the name of the Crown and his own power. On the other hand, today's mythical association of every known Indian personal pang with the name of Columbus is utterly irrational. And not only was Bobadilla himself cruel to the Caribbean Indians, but today's liberal political abuse of Indians is equally cruel, in my opinion. It is a spiritual slavery, of imaginary or misconceived injustice, that liberals impose on the minds of Indians. To tell Indians they must denounce Judeo-Christian European civilization is like making them bark at the moon. What is accomplished by encouraging perpetual discontent? It is an ultimately self-destructive anger that the liberals offer Indians. I for one Indian deeply resent and reject this puppet role, this wooden Indian posture. Give me the aspirations of Columbus. Give me the world to explore! That feels a lot better. One who is often lauded in the ranks of liberals is Kirkpatrick Sale, author of the terrific book, The Conquest of Paradise. Sale's book, seven years in the writing, is actually a dramatic balance of violently opposing views. The fact is Sale can't help himself. Though a renowned liberal, he cannot disguise the historical record, nor does he try. Yes, he founded the New York Green Party, and takes many opportunities to denounce the mechanical materialism of European society and its galactic expansions through America. But, the facts in the case of Columbus, the sheer telling of the story, is overwhelmingly convincing. Columbus was an extraordinarily individual. Sale simply can't tell the story any other way. It may be true that people simply need heroes. But the gainsayers never replace them with anything comparable, let alone better. Indeed, the critics can't comprehend greatness. They are but leeches, living off protesting the achievement of others. Worse, they are thieves. As college professors, they rob youth of their natural aspirations, their instinctive ambitions. They offer instead an attitude of perpetual complaint, protest, and depression. They degrade reality. Greatness speaks for itself. It is its own interpreter. the late Dr. David A. Yeagley was an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation.

  • history is a biography of madman who wins but in today times, we must just call them native americans instead of indians.

  • Today Europe would call us Indian, poor, 3rd world country, Trump will say shithole but, in 15th century they all were searching our land to loot.

  • I was there. Chris was a chill dude.

  • Well Columbus did not reach India, but 6 years later Vasco De Gama did reach India. We Indians cant even think of celebrating Vasco day, it would be a crime knowing the fact what India faced after arrival of Europeans.

  • Why did he get a holiday you ask easy, He was a white Spaniard.

  • So innacuarate!!!

  • Other english video using the spanish black legend! 😒😒😒

  • A great historical figure committed atrocities? Who would have thought. When you are done being chronically offending you can accept life was a bit more brutal back in the day. The people that got celebrated were simply the ones with a vision. Natives were done the second Europeans touched ashore with their communicable diseases. 90%-95% of natives were wiped out simply from disease.

  • Thanks to this man, North American history never would’ve been the same

  • Columbus was from Spain

  • Gary Cooper was gay?

  • Isn't it cool how Native American descendants from where the US is are complaining about a conquest in Southern America, it turns me on.

  • No more Columbus day

  • Jesus, I thought that "native activist" was GW Bush.

  • Columbus is a hero to Western Civilization. He opened up the Americas to western settlement. Thank You Columbus!

  • Columbus was nothing more than a glorified white terrorist.

  • 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

    • And if there was a Natives Day that means I could go and horribly sacrifice all the employees.

  • 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

    • There's also no purpose to celebrate Natives 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