What is Columbus Day 2016 Really Celebrating?

What is Columbus Day 2016 Really Celebrating?

As Columbus Day 2016 approaches on Monday, October 10th, I remember a particular saying: Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492. I learned this rhyme early on in life to help me remember the year that Columbus set sail to discover America. Many students today learn about how Columbus and his three ships (Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria) sailed from Spain and discovered the land he named the Americas. Some elementary schools even put on a play about the voyage. The history books paint Columbus as a hero because he found the land and helped the Native Americans that occupied it. Some history books also claim that Columbus was the one who discovered that the world was not flat. The origin of Columbus Day came from the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic Fraternal organization. It was eventually signed into law by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937. Although the history books say one thing, historians have proven otherwise. So, on Columbus Day 2016, here are some questions we should ask: Was Columbus a hero? Should we celebrate him? What are we teaching our kids? What moral lessons can we learn?

 

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