…so WHY are we still celebrating Columbus Day here in the good old US of A?
I just don’t get it.
Everyone in this modern era knows it’s a myth. Everyone knows that the Native Americans discovered this continent. They lived here for years and years and years. (OK, I will concede that perhaps someone may have discovered America before the Native Americans. Maybe some prehistoric people we’ll someday call the Native Native Americans. But until then…can we have the common sense to quit celebrating some 15th century white guy from Italy via Spain who just happened to sail some ships across the Atlantic and arrogantly claim–can you imagine?–claim this occupied land for an adventuresome king and queen?)
I mean how would modern-day Americans feel if someone from some foreign country–OK, let’s not point fingers–let’s say someone from Jupiter landed in Detroit and insisted that he just “discovered” America?
How would we feel? We’d surely say–hey! What are you talking about? WE’VE been living here for centuries! (But, no, the Jupiter-fella or lady would look around at our violence and war and negativity and gasp politely into their space suits–Look what savages they are! So uncivilized…)
Let’s forget all about Jupiter for a moment. Let’s even forget about the already-populated North America in 1492 when Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Let’s ask the question. Was Columbus the first non-native guy to “discover” this fair land?
Heck, no! There were boatloads of settlers landing on the Eastern Coast, settling on the Western Coast and crossing the Bering Straights. We’ve all heard Viking stories, haven’t we? They explored the northeast coast almost 500 years before Christopher sailed on the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria.
So how come we’re still celebrating Columbus Day every year in October? How come countless school children are repeating this flagrant untruth year after year?
Can this holiday disappear by 2011? Please?