Rethink Columbus Day, Part Two: Take Action
In our last post we learned a little more about Christopher Columbus—especially some aspects of his life they didn’t really mention in our high school history textbooks. (If you haven’t read Inman’s Columbus article yet, please take the time to do that now.)
If Columbus really was such a jerk, and so many people are indifferent about the holiday that bares his name, you might be tempted to ask, along with John Oliver, How is Columbus Day still a thing?
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You can help change the narrative by signing the White House petition called Change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. [UPDATE: This particular action has ended. But there are similar actions taking place right now, so find one and join in!] It reads:
October 12th, 1492 is the day that Christopher Columbus hit land in the Americas. However, he did not discover anything. There were millions of inhabitants living in the Americas, and they had been inhabiting the continent for thousands of years.
Columbus committed atrocities against humanity towards the Indigenous people and set the stage for the genocide of 100 million Indigenous people all throughout North, South and Central America.
Columbus Day was made a federal holiday in 1934, and it is time to do away with this backwards holiday. While Native Americans were against the celebration of Columbus in 1934, we had no voice to oppose this holiday.
We are asking the US Government to revoke the federal celebration of this holiday, and instead to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
The petition closes on October 14, 2015, so please sign it today! Simply click here and follow the directions. It only takes a couple of minutes, I promise.
Also, please take the time to spread the word! Forward or re-post this article, or utilize the buttons on the petition website to easily promote the cause on Facebook and Twitter.
Click here to read Part Three of our #RethinkColumbusDay series.