Rethink Columbus Day, Part One: Educate Yourself


Our first subject in what will be an ongoing project we’re calling #ChangeTheNarrative is: Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day. We chose this topic first because Columbus Day occurs in less than a week. But also because you’d be hard-pressed to find a better example of a deeply-embedded American myth so steeped in white supremacy and the erasure and silencing of peoples of color.

We’ll take several days to re-examine Columbus and his “discovery” of America. To start our journey, please click here to experience the brilliant comic rendering of the true story of Columbus posted by cartoonist Matthew Inman at The Oatmeal. Seriously, it’s so good…you need to read it!

I love that Inman suggests a creative alternative to the national holiday. “Christopher Columbus was awful,” he writes, “But this other guy was not.” Sure, you may have heard about the movement to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day…but have you heard of Bartolomé Day?


PS: For those of you who want to dig deeper, you can click here to read the entire first chapter of Howard Zinn’s book A People’s History Of The United States, the source material Inman used for much of his comic.

Click here to read Part Two of our #RethinkColumbusDay series.


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