Columbus day should be abolished and what better way than to replace it with Indigenous People’s Day, taking into consideration the history of the Americas and the lingering inequality and discrimination surrounding indigenous communities all over the ENTIRE CONTINENT. Furthermore Columbus is a myth, he landed in the Caribbean in the Bahamas not where the United States came to be, he enslaved and mutilated the Taino people he came into contact with, he is far removed from the history and people of the United States, historically and culturally, so why is this history celebrated in the US? A Catholic priest, Bartolomé de las Casas, wrote of the region under Columbus' governorship at the time; stated that it was marked by "insatiable greed", filled with acts "so foreign to human nature", and employing "the strangest and most varied new methods of cruelty" .
This period of American history is wholly disgusting and not was not as amicable as is commonly believed, Columbus was not a discoverer or civilising force but a rapist, a slaver and a torturer. Columbus was also not the first European to ‘discover’ the Americas, European fisherman had made the journey further north and established settlements on the east coast of North America, Columbus was just the first to establish an brutal and exploitative relation to the American natives. In light of modern moral standards and an in-depth understanding of history should we not shape modern culture to reflect the measured and honest grasp we have on the history of America? Yes we should, and yes Columbus Day should not be celebrated, but in its place Indigenous Peoples Day would be useful in educating and enlightening the American continent.