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Monday October 10th is Columbus Day in the US, or, as I prefer to call, it, National Indigenous Peoples' Day.<br><br>
I'm a little ambivalent about a day celebrating Christopher Columbus and his "accomplishments." On one hand, he "discovered" America for the Europeans, and people who had a crappy life in Europe had the opportunity to flee to the New World and start their life over. That included my own ancestors. On the other hand, Columbus was a racist who saw gentle, peaceful natives and envisioned a whole race of slaves waiting to be subjugated, all for the greed and avarice of European conquerors. And this is what happened.<br><br>
The Italian-Americans are responsible for Columbus Day because Columbus was Italian. If we're going to honor a great Italian, how about Guiseppe Garibaldi, who united a fragmented Italy in the 19th century? Or how about honoring Martin Scorcese or Robert De Niro?<br><br>
Actually, I'm fine with using this day to honor the native peoples of the Americas, who never got a fair deal from the moment in 1492 that Columbus arrived in the New World. Even today on the Indian reservations there is a lot of unemployment, alcoholism and drug abuse.
 

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There is ample and irrefutable evidence that Norse explorers (Leif Eirikson and others, one expedition was even lead by a woman (Leif's sister)) landed in the New World around 500 years before Columbus, so not sure why he remains such a big name over there. Just saying <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I do realise Columbus sort of opened up for large-scale immigration though.
 

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Isn't today also Canadian Thanksgiving?
 

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We could change it to Illegal Immigration Day, or maybe Lost and Found Day.
 
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