To the Editor:
Columbus Day: A day where we celebrate the man who discovered the Americas? Or is it a day where we celebrate the discovery of the Americas? I believe that Columbus Day is
the celebration of Christopher Columbus landing in the Americas, not the celebration of Columbus as a person. Columbus Day should center around ideas of exploration and the development of western civilization rather than Columbus himself. Why should we dwell on how terrible Columbus was? Instead, think about how thankful we should be that he accidentally found new land that no one in Europe had knowledge of.
Thomas Bowden's book, "Enemies of Christopher Columbus," states, “We need not evade or excuse Columbus’s flaws – his religious zealotry, his enslavement and oppression of natives – to recognize that he made history by finding new territory for a civilization.”
This is saying that we shouldn’t look down on him because of actions he made in the past, because when you think about it, in 1492, murder wasn’t seen as a very uncommon action.
So when it’s Columbus Day, don’t think of who Columbus is based off the way he handled the natives; instead, think about how he planned on going to India for gold and instead washed ashore on a random island that he had no knowledge of and decided to keep moving on with his mission when he didn’t know what was coming.
I believe that Columbus Day should be continued to be celebrated, but not in honor of Columbus as a person, but the fact that he is what sparked the movement toward the Americas.