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Christopher Columbus Day Debate
Christopher Columbus is famous for trying to get to India but finding America instead. He brought the Europeans to America and that's how we are here now and that's why we celebrate Columbus Day. Columbus Day was first celebrated in New York in the year of 1792. It was later declared a federal holiday when school would close, and businesses would close for the day. Then people started to argue if we should still celebrate this holiday and if it should be a federal holiday. In recent years it has become a large debate and I believe that we should not celebrate this holiday or not have it as a federal holiday.
One of the biggest reason why we shouldn't celebrate this holiday is because when Christopher Columbus got here he was greeted by many natives offering him gifts and looked up to him as there white god and slaughtered around ten thousand of them. Christopher Columbus did not kill all of them personally but he allowed the Natives to be murdered by his men and himself. He also forced them to work in gold mines day and night until they died for there own profit. If they declined to work in gold mines or ran away they would either be hunted down and killed or they would be taken away from there family if there family isn't dead already and sell them as slaves. The natives had there own religion with there own god and there own myths and legends and believed in there land but the Europeans came and made them stop believing there religion and took down there land and forced them to believe in what they had to believe in. Also, Christopher Columbus never actually "discovered" America because the vikings had already came and went and there was already people living in America.
Christopher Columbus definitely does not deserve a holiday because of all the crimes that he committed. If people still want to celebrate the death and slavery of the natives then they should, but I don't think it's worthy of a federal holiday and we shouldn't have businesses and schools close. I believe a lot of kids don't know what there celebrating and we should be teaching them everything about Columbus day and not just about the discovery of America and all the good things about the situation. Christopher Columbus is not worthy of his own holiday.
Article posted June 16, 2010 at 11:59 AM •
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