Letters to the Editor

Letter: Time to rename Columbus Day

To the Editor:

Christopher Columbus Day is a day meant to celebrate a classic American hero, but was Columbus really a true hero? Some main characteristics of a hero are caring, selfless and compassionate.

Revealing the true qualities of American “hero” Christopher Columbus might come a little too ugly. Would a caring hero make innocent humans slaves and potentially populate the idea of slavery? Christopher Columbus himself wrote his observations in a journal about the people in the Caribbean he encountered: “They would make fine servants. With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.” Doesn’t sound like a true hero to me. Now, would a selfless hero obtain prisoners and demand gold from them? Christopher Columbus did just that with the Lucaya, Taino and Arawak people.

When a hero is compassionate, they would not wish harm on others. Christopher Columbus let his men feed the native people to dogs. Now, instead of having a “Christopher Columbus Day,” the day should be for all of the native people and be called “Indigenous People’s Day” to honor all of the Native American people who lost their lives.

Jaclyn Martino

McHenry

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