Why the US celebrates Columbus Day

Why the US celebrates Columbus Day

Should Columbus Day be Indigenous Peoples’ Day?

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In past decades, Christopher Columbus has gone from unquestioned US hero to problematic figure. For centuries, the destruction and disease he ushered into the Americas have been set aside, allowing the myth of a pioneering sailor who discovered America and proved the world was round to embed itself in US culture. But as this myth has been increasingly confronted with brutal historical facts, things have started to change.

While Columbus still has a national holiday in his honor, complete with parades and celebrations, there are many people fighting to dismantle the myth that surrounds him and choosing to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead.

Watch this video to understand how Columbus became a US icon over time and why his status is in question today.

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93 Responses

  1. Nick Valenti says:

    They knew the world was round in the 1490s and now in 2018 people are something else

  2. ritterbruder212 says:

    Ah Columbus Day, the annual holiday where all the snowflakes start crying and whining about the political correctness of this holiday.

  3. Anon Mouse says:

    What’s what all the comments saying everyone wouldn’t exist without Columbus? Is he God or something?

    • Arvind Katoch says:

      +Amir Tahir Well why? I’m an indian , haven’t ever heard of this.

    • Fred Cobalt says:

      None kf the people in the US would exist because Columbus opened the door for European settlement in North American territories, which later became the USA. So technically it’s true, no Columbus, no Europeans, no USA.

    • W.A M.P says:

      +вy૨ѳท really, well keep enjoying those American products

    • I’m crying in a corner While i count my money says:

      Because we made the united states
      And without him no one would even bother to go to that backwater planet you call home

    • preston badplay says:

      Fred Cobalt the natives were here before Columbus. we would still be here, fred. as was leif eriksson. trust me. we’d be fine without the guy

  4. Ryungun Rie says:

    This is a thoroughly leftist, post-colonialist view of history, which divides people into either pure aggressor or pure victim. History is much more nuanced than that as demonstrated by the many massacres native americans themselves conducted against other tribes long before any european set foot on the american continent. I rather think the west has done much more to curb such instincts via the introduction of science, democracy, the modern concept of human rights etc. So, I say celebrate Columbus Day as part of American history and the Western tradition. Certainly, he wasn’t perfect, but who is?

    • Victor Murillo says:

      NamerDark Pathogens from the old world? So diseases brought by the Europeans? Yup still translates to them killing them

    • Almighty God George Soros #420 #GetRekd says:

      The notion of advanced structured civilizations was already established long before European hegemony. science had already established its founding pillars many years before thanks to Asian cultures.

      Also, there is a big difference in the intent behind wars and genocide. Indigenous peoples had wars between tribes due to differenced in interests, but none of them was actively planning the systematic genocide of entire group for the sake of dominance, like the Europeans were.

    • W.A M.P says:

      +Almighty God George Soros #420 #GetRekd Here we go…
      Anasazi- A 2010 study suggests that a group of Anasazi in the American Southwest were killed in a genocide that took place circa 800 CE.

      Mongol Empire
      Quoting Eric Margolis, Jones observes that in the 13th century the Mongol armies under Genghis Khan were genocidal killers who were known to eradicate whole nations. He ordered the extermination of the Tata Mongols, and all Kankalis males in Bukhara”taller than a wheel” using a technique called measuring against the linchpin. In the end, half of the Mongol tribes were exterminated by Genghis Khan. Rosanne Klass referred to the Mongols’ rule of Afghanistan as “genocide”.
      Similarly, the Turko-Mongol conqueror Tamerlane was known for his extreme brutality and his conquests were accompanied by genocidal massacres. William Rubinstein wrote: “In Assyria (1393–4) – Tamerlane got around – he killed all the Christians he could find, including everyone in the, then, Christian city of Tikrit, thus virtually destroying Assyrian Church of the East. Impartially, however, Tamerlane also slaughtered Shi’ite Muslims, Jews and heathens.” Tamerlane also conducted large-scale massacres of Georgianand Armenian Christians, as well as of Arabs, Persians and Turks.

      Wu Hu and Jie
      Ancient Chinese texts record that General Ran Min ordered the extermination of the Wu Hu, especially the Jie people, during the Wei–Jie war in the fourth century AD. People with racial characteristics such as high-bridged noses and bushy beards were killed; in total, 200,000 were reportedly massacred. Chinese were racist record keepers and made sure they knew who belonged to who.
      The Caste War of Yucatán (approx. 1847–1901) against the population of European descent, known locally as Yucatecos, who held political and economic control of the region. Genocidal atrocities on both sides cost up to 200,000 killed.”

      Jean-Jacques Dessalines, the first ruler of an independent Haiti, ordered the killing of the white population of French creoles on Haiti, which culminated in the 1804 Haiti massacre.
      The Mexican government’s response to the various uprisings of the Yaqui tribe have been likened to genocide particularly under Porfirio Diaz. By the end of Diaz’s rule at least 20,000 Yaquis were killed in Sonora and their population was reduced from 30,000 to 7,000.
      The Beothuks attempted to avoid contact with Europeans in Newfoundland by moving from their traditional settlements. The Beothuks were put into a position where they were forced from their traditional land and lifestyle into ecosystems that could not support them and that led to undernourishment and eventually starvation.
      The indigenous rebellions of Túpac Amaru II and Túpac Katari against the Spanish between 1780 and 1782, cost over 100,000 colonists’ lives in Peru.
      Dzungar genocide
      who lived in an area that stretched from the west end of the Great Wall of China to present-day eastern Kazakhstan and from present-day northern Kyrgyzstan to southern Siberia were the last nomadic empire to threaten China, which they did from the early 17th century through the middle of the 18th century.the Dzungars were subjugated by the Manchu-led Qing dynasty (1644–1911) in the late 1750s. According to Qing scholar Wei Yuan, 40 percent of the 600,000 Zunghar people were killed by smallpox, 20 percent fled to Russia or sought refuge among the Kazakh tribes and 30 percent were killed by the Qing army of Manchu Bannermen and Khalkha Mongols.
      The Massacres of Badr Khan were conducted by Kurdish and Ottoman forces against the Assyrian Christian population of the Ottoman Empire between 1843 and 1847, resulting in the slaughter of more than 10,000 indigenous Assyrian civilians of the Hakkari region, and all the rest sold into slavery.

      The Russian Tsarist Empire waged war against Circassia in the Northwest Caucasus for more than one hundred years, trying to replace Circassia’s holding along the Black Sea coast.
      There you go a small list of the atrocities produced by man unfortunately I couldn’t convey all the details which there is way more behind each moment in time.
      And this list isn’t a complete list of every genocied and only touches on events before 19th century.

    • Zucchinna says:

      Ryungun Rie
      you’re so disingenuous

    • Zucchinna says:

      mr Johnson5
      yes, they were wrong

  5. David Boucard says:

    Columbus is neither saint nor genocidal maniac. Those who portray him as either, share only half the story. For a more balanced perspective, watch *”In Defense of Columbus: An Exaggerated Evil”* by the YouTube channel _Knowing Better_

    • DarthR0xas says:

      +Batman And how would you know Batman? You’re a rich billionaire, you wouldn’t know the first thing about bring affected by genocidal maniacs.

    • Francesco C says:

      upaya30 it is a justification since the so called “tyrant white male” werent any worts than the indian ones, the african ones and the others, they’re just the ones we likr to poimt out

    • SinnedNogara says:

      +Berry Sweet Because it’s a good video that has plenty of information.

    • SinnedNogara says:

      +Batman I’m Hispanic and I can assure you Hernan Cortez and the other conquistadors were much worse

    • xylophone says:

      Most of the things attributed to Columbus weren’t actually him. He would have been a huge idiot not to know he found a new land. And he was a pretty bad administrator, so he wasn’t governor for long enough to be actually responsible for most of the things people praise or accuse him of.

  6. mr Johnson5 says:

    gtfo my recommended list vox

  7. LaLiLuLeLo ThePatriots says:

    As a Mexican-American this is what I tell to all people, Yes Columbus was a bad person that killed a lot of innocent people. But if it weren’t for him there would be no Canada, Mexico, United States and no Christians in Latin America. Imagine if it were some Non-Christian Country that came and found the Americas. Lets just Celebrate that he found the America’s, but I do agree they should at least tell the true story of the massacres that Columbus did. Every Country lies about their History, just look at Poland, they tried long time ago to invade Russia and lost and that’s how Russia kept Poland and I’m not talking about World War 2, this goes way more back in years but nobody talks about that, the only thing they say is Poland was the good country and Russia was the bad country. It is very sad that all Countries, not just the United States love to lie about their own Country History because is all about Nationalism and Patriotism and you have to make your country look GOOD. Hypocrisy is everywhere. This is the world we live in, this is reality.

    • Big Boss says:

      LaLiLuLeLo ThePatriots Uhh I disagree on your first point, somebody would have discovered the new world eventually it was only a matter of when, the Europeans wanted to get into the spice trade with the giants India and China but always had to sail around Africa, eventually somebody would have found America because of trading interests

    • dudeonthasopha says:

      The only reason Columbus went west was because the Vikings did it first and landed in Canada. He assumed what the Vikings found was Asia/india. Also, Christians weren’t a blessing, 80-90% of the indigenous populations were killed by European Christians.

    • The False Rabbi says:

      Agreed, historians all agree that the Roman Empire was the peak of civilization at the time and launched the world centuries forward in innovation, as well as leaving immense cultural impact on Europe. However, the Romans were extremely brutal towards those who did not bend the knee to them, and engaged in mass killings everywhere during their history, including a few debatable all-out genocides, including Caesar’s conquest of Gaul. The massacre of peoples has been occurring all throughout history, everywhere. I am just annoyed that the US is so often the focus of these criticisms. Yes, the colonists and later US government did some terrible things to the native people, but it was far from the first and only time something like that had ever happened. The US is accused of the genocide of millions, despite the fact that the vast majority of natives died from plagues, which were still barely even understood at the time, and hardly potential biological weapons. The sad fact is, the moment that anyone from the Eastern Hemisphere set foot in the Americas, the native population was doomed. If it had been the Chinese that rediscovered the Americas, they would have brought over plague as well.

    • Prit Singh says:

      You are concerned about Christianity? Seriously? 😂😂😂😂😂😂

  8. Gabriel Torres says:

    The funny thing is that most Americans don’t even know the existence of Amerigo Vespucci, the guy who discovered that Columbus was wrong (Columbus thought he had been in India — hence he calling the natives “Indians”) and later the whole continent was named after him, but in the female form to keep the practice used for the other continents.

  9. Inspiring Thought says:

    Columbus is credited for CONNECTING the old world and the new, not DISCOVERING the new world. Columbus paved the way for a new generation of further exploration of the new world, which planted the seeds of modern day North America and South America. Attacking someones moral character does not actually invalid their accomplishments. Columbus may have been a horrible person, but to lie about his accomplishments is dishonest and subtracts away from the main point of this video.

    • Jederi Elena says:

      You know why we need to celebrate Columbus Day As Americans because yes Columbus Tosh America and what part you might say Puerto Rico it’s a part of the US

    • Inspiring Thought says:

      Victor Murillo

      My comment had literally nothing to do with what was taught in school. I was referring to what historians credit Columbus with, not what people were taught in school in the past. Also I was never taught Columbus discovered America, but that is just my experience.

      This video is correct that Columbus never discovered America but it simply left out what he really did, which was connect the old world to the new.

    • Adfywiad Celtaidd says:

      He was also a known Paedophile …. I dont like peadophilia so I can’t support him

    • typheran1 says:

      It’s vox. They constantly lie.

    • Colby Butler says:

      The holiday doesn’t exist because of “historians”, it exists because of the lobbying by The Knights of Columbus. That’s what the video is about. Why we celebrate it. Not historians and not “connecting” the so-called “new world” with Europe. Did you even watch the video?

      And yes, previously, US citizens were taught that he LITERALLY discovered America which is a big part of why people thought he was worthy of a holiday…Did you watch the video?

  10. Syn One says:

    Wow, I like Vox but they should try to show a bit of objectivity. Yes tragically many indigenous people died as a result of contact with Europeans. But whether it was Columbus or any other explorer from the Old World the results would most likely be the same. I did not personally know the man so I can’t speak directly to his motives. But I have watched wildly divergent interpretations of historical documents regarding his actions. However, what can not be disputed is that the world changed dramatically because of his voyage and thus he is immensely important to history. I will never be able to say with certainty if he was a hero or villain, nor will anyone else. What we are left with is opinion and interpretation. So I urge Vox to set an example and present all sides to an issue; thus educating while allowing individuals to formulate their own opinions based on the evidence provided. “The middle is not a bad place to be.”

    • Sulu Ayran says:

      How would Europeans talk about someone who butchered them in history?(whether by disease or not) They even call immigration from non-European countries a “genocide”.

      Plus it is a fact that Spanish catholic priest had talked about what happened during first contacts between Columbus and Natives.

  11. Gautam Yadav says:

    America exists because of India

  12. Nova5 says:

    Canadá and the US are not the only countries in North América….

    Also, México 🇲🇽, Belice 🇧🇿, Guatemala 🇬🇹 , Nicaragua 🇳🇮 , Costa Rica 🇨🇷, El Salvador 🇸🇻, Honduras 🇭🇳 and Panama 🇵🇦.

    • General Sanders says:

      US, Canada, and eight shitholes.

    • Jederi Elena says:


    • Rich S says:

      +Smorgas Bord when they start referring to Brasil as the Brasilian state of America I will say you are correct. Until then your point is moot and your arguments are redundant. Go anywhere in the world outside of the American continent and say you’re American. They will automatically assume you are from the USA not any of the other countries on this continent. Go argue with those people and convince them that they are wrong.

    • Adfywiad Celtaidd says:


      *Thumbs up if you dislike paedophilia*

    • The Divide says:

      Liliya Nosarev people who claim that taking down “meanie” statues are not doing so under virtue. They are doing so to undermine history and do global book burnings

  13. TheMicJoeShow says:

    That book was written about 48 years after Columbus had died, just for context 2:02

  14. Quick Fix - Thought Provoking Videos says:

    “Should Columbus Day be Indigenous Peoples’ Day?”

    As often in the US, a little in between would be nice. I mean, it doesn’t have to be BBQ or kale juice, black or white, Berny Sanders or Alex Jones. It’s a miracle the U in USA stands for United. God bless America, really.

    • Fight Back Phone Scams says:

      America’s history was not dark or always something to be proud about. What matters is we’re here and we mostly all want peace.

    • DarthR0xas says:

      There should be an indigenous peoples day, but right now it kinda just feels like it’s “Anti-Columbus Day” rather than celebrating the indigenous peoples.

    • Adfywiad Celtaidd says:

      WHICH GOD?
      Humans have created 3500 gods ….

    • Colby Butler says:

      It’s hard to find an in between with people who literally think you should be a slave, or a second class citizen, or it should be illegal for you to get married, or that you are evil or a sinner because the old man in the sky they worship thinks it’s a no-no, or whatever absolutist nonsense people of teh day believe.

      I agree with the sentiment of finding a “middle way”, but let’s not imply that these conflicts were all just misunderstandings in a debate of Coke vs Pepsi. There were people who wanted to be alive, and another group of people who wanted the first group to be dead or enslaved. That’s a fundamental difference of opinion that isn’t going to be easy to compromise on.

  15. Lethal Wippin says:

    America celebrates Columbus bcuz he represents their ideals: mass murder of an entire people, a cereal rapist, tyrant, a pirate and theif, and total failure because he never discovered any new lands, it was just (new) to the Italians. The fact that this country sees him as a patriot and completely systematically attempts to ERASE his atrocities is a clear message of the values that the USA hold dear. This guy is only a hero if you’re old White Far Right uneducated and over 50. Cuck Folumbus.

  16. Ernest Choy says:

    Also, I think Colombus is overated. Like there’re other people to name places over, different explorers, other misionaries, even peacemakers. Also, he didn’t even think he was on America.

  17. Jenny&Brett says:

    Happy indigenous peoples day!

    • ENDtheFED2012 says:

      +General Sanders
      10,000 years ago huh.
      Then that ice age would have also wiped out the Asians that migrated over to north America 15,000 years ago.

      That’s what I love about liberals…..they make normal people seem like pure geniuses.

    • The Divide says:

      Jenny&Brett more like history revisionist day to you

    • 5 dollar bucket says:

      +Alexander Castillo yea it’s not like they murdered his people too and most of the native deaths were caused by disease

    • Elijah Miniuk says:

      Happy Columbus Day!

    • General Sanders says:

      +ENDtheFED2012 actually it was 25,000 years ago at the end of the last Ice Age. They then stayed in what is now known as Alaska for 15,000 years. One more error you made, I’m not a liberal. Check your self assessed superiority at the door next time noob.

  18. Maen Marashdeh says:

    I celebrate colmbus because he may not have discovered American but he is responsible for bringing 2 worlds together

  19. Dragon1717 says:

    Happy Columbus Day everybody! His explorations helped paved the way for modern day America. From our initial settlements and Westward expansion, up through the Industrial Revolution and modern Digital Age it’s amazing what we’ve been able to accomplish in our short history. A big shout out to Columbus but let’s not forget about all the other pioneers and explorers who shaped this country!!!

    • jean-claude schwartz says:

      Happy NALF (Native American and Leif Erikson) day. Christopher Columbus killed people in Hispaniola and Leif Didn’t.

    • Dragon1717 says:

      +jean-claude schwartz No we can’t celebrate that because the Indians were stealing land from and massacring each other.

    • jean-claude schwartz says:

      Yes we should. Because All credit of the discovery of America goes to Indigenous people around the American continent. Same goes to the Vikings especially Bjarni Herjolfsson and Leif Erikson.

    • AngeloEV31 says:

      jean-claude schwartz okay but if other explorers like Columbus and Americo didn’t migrate here we wouldn’t have the America we have today, and that is something to remember, that we have had questionable events happen for us to live here today

    • Dragon1717 says:

      +jean-claude schwartz Angelo gets it. The key piece is that Columbus laid the groundwork for what was to become the America as we know it today. The history of every nation on earth is one of conquest, war, takeover and bloodshed. That’s the reality,.

  20. WATCH MY H0T VlDE0 TAP ME says:


    I celebrate the person that forced people into Christianity and killed many Innocent people!

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