To the Editor:
Many may think that Columbus is a man who should be honored with pride, but what they don’t know is that he is the reason why so many indigenous people died in 1492. Which is why Columbus Day should be changed to Indigenous Peoples Day to honor those who have lost their lives due to Columbus’s torment.
Columbus himself has stated his intentions towards the natives of America when he first met them. In Howard Zinn’s A People's History of the United States, he reveals, “‘With 50 men we could subjugate them all and make do whatever we want…’” Columbus already created plans in order to exterminate the group of natives and turn them into slaves.
If many don’t want to believe that Columbus did, in fact, announce his intentions, then they might want to see it instead. Bartolome de las Casas a historian who accompanied Columbus on his journey to America created drawings of thewrongdoings of Columbus’ men. The drawings depict the soldiers consistently torturing the natives by burning them, tearing them apart, or by brutally beating them with weapons. Since Columbus massacred many people he should not be celebrated and congratulated with a national holiday.
Instead, we should change the name to Indigenous peoples day in order to retain the pride the natives once had for their homeland and to honor them for having to suffer through all of Columbus’s torture.