What is Indigenous Peoples Day?
For many years, the second Monday in October has been celebrated as Columbus Day.
However, activists are challenging this tradition. They argue that Columbus did not discover America, but rather paved the way for disease and enslavement of the people who already lived there.
Happy Indigenous Peoples Day. Today we celebrate the many millions of Indigenous people who were here well before Columbus landed on the shores of the Caribbean. Contrary to popular belief, Christopher Columbus never actually set foot in North America. Instead, he committed unspeakable atrocities and decimated populations of Native people on the Islands. Unfortunately, most school children are still taught the falsehood that is Christopher Columbus’ “discovery” story. Although the true story may be too gruesome for most young children to comprehend, it is still important to properly educate the youth of our nation on the many reasons why today should be a day of mourning and appreciation for the many Indigenous people who lost their lives at the hands of Columbus, and many other “explorers”.
Dozens of cities have renamed Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day. To read more about the controversy, check out the articles below.