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On This Day, Who Do We Honor?

Posted by mikeonpurpose on October 12, 2010


It is Columbus Day.  Or, as it is known in Berkeley, it is Indigenous People’s Day.  Or, as it is known in South Dakota, it is Native American Day.

Jim Keady of Educating for Justice has posted an article explaining why we should not be honoring Christopher Columbus.  Quoting from Columbus’s journal and from Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States”, he makes the point that Columbus’s “discovery” of American served as the platform from which he carried out acts of genocide against indigenous peoples.

And here is a video that argues passionately that we should reconsider Columbus Day:

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