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Should We Celebrate Columbus Day?

Should America continue to celebrate Columbus Day given the controversy over Christopher Columbus and his reported participation in the slave trade and other acts of cruelty.

Today is Columbus Day 2012, and across the nation, millions of people are celebrating the memory of this historic figure.

Schools and public offices are closed for the day, while some communities across the area hold special observances. These include parades on Federal Hill and in Newport.

But the day isn't without controversy. Some Americans argue that Christopher Columbus shouldn't be celebrated at all, given his participation in the slave trade and other reported acts of cruelty.

We want to know what you think: Should Columbus Day be a holiday in America? Use the comments box below.

Scott Clark October 08, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Tough topic. On the way hand, there are strong modern feelings about things that were considered "just the way things are" in history. On the other hand though, these are historical realities. If we apply modern sensibilities to things done by societies of the past, we'd be aghast at anything that didn't happen before our lifetimes. That is a dangerous slippery slope so many people try and take society down already through revisionism and ignorant oratory due to dissatisfaction about the way things are even today. I feel it's better to accept ALL parts of history, with a mature understanding towards the context of events of the day (i.e. that Columbus is credited with "discovery" a continent only because of the European record keepers and financiers of the day, and a lack of same from earlier other cultures). This way we learn more about why things have become the way they are today. And also realize that all of the complexities of modern life, key figures and decision making have always existed, just with different technology.
B/STOCK October 08, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Yes
DanComment October 08, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Since he isn't the one that discovered America - I still don't know why we're celebrating him. I don't agree with not celebrating historic events (albeit if they have some stigma associated with them - if we have do whatever the ACLU says we can't celebrate anything anymore :) ).
Pledgling October 09, 2012 at 01:23 AM
This is what we learned in school. Now after all this time we learn that he was a "bad guy", Let's just enjoy the day, go to Federal Hill and enjoy some good food, and fuggetabout it. Does this have to do with Columbus being Italian?
sonia dela cruz October 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM
No because he still not the first one who discovered America. He also raped kids women and men he did somethings that was g00D .BUT WE SHOULD NOT CONTINUE CELEBRATING CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS DAY ANYMORE. ~MORGAN~

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