Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Columbus Day or Indigenous People's Day?

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Summary: The Zinn Education Project launched a website to help introduce the idea of renaming Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day. They want to add a teaching guide for grades K-12 called Rethinking Columbus in addition to trying to abolish this "holiday". The co-director of the Zinn Education Project, Bill Bigelow states that celebrating Columbus Day teaches the children that it's right for white people to rule of people of color along with militarily powerful nations being allowed to overpower weaker nations. Celebrating Columbus is celebrating the racism and genocide that had happened when he invaded in 1492 which was when he took away the land of the people who were there first.

Connection: This connects to the discussion our classes had deciding whether or not the Native American Removal was justified or unjustified. The Native American's had discovered the land before anyone and they made it their home. This relates to all the white men that forced and kicked all the Native Americans out of their own land to create space for themselves. 

Discussion Questions: 
-How would you feel and/or react to someone who took away your home from you and your family? On top of that, they received their own holiday celebrating their "accomplisment", which was taking YOUR land away from you.
-In your opinion, do you think that Columbus Day should still be celebrated? Why or why not?

19 comments:

  1. I would feel like my humanity was taken away if someone did what Columbus did to the Natives. I do not think this day deserve's a holiday because it is not a day of celebration, but a day of remorse.

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  2. I would feel like my rights and humanity wad taken away if an indivual like columbus did something like this to me. I believe this should be a hoiday because the murder of a bunch of natives is noting to celebrate.

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  4. Colombus Day is a white supremist nationalist "holiday" that is offensive to Natives of this country. They basically came over to our country and took their homes, lands, and their jobs. They rampaged and boom boom the land such that this isn't the inclusive safe space America I know. Instead of calling it Columbus Day we should rename it to be called Safe Space Day.

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  5. i dont think this is right because its just out of nowhere. this is also a rude way of taking homes and there is no reason why they should do it. People would only understand if they put themselves in other peoples shoes. I personally think this is inhumane.

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  6. I would be hella pissed and I would fight back and kill some people because there is no place like home and it's messed up to just take someones home away from them like that. So I think that Columbus day should be celebrated but I like the fact that we don't have school on that Monday but I think it is still messed up.

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  7. Columbus Day shouldnt be celebrated because it is a day celebrating a man discovering a new world which he did not do

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  8. i feel that this Columbus day should not be celebrated because one he was not the first one to find the "new land" and second that was not right to treat them like that and then get your own holiday for it. if i was those people who got kicked out i would be so angry, since he got his own holiday for it.

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  9. I feel that Columbus Day is just a huge misconception in today's society. It is often that a Historic holiday is badly understood and people do not realize that people lost their homes on this day. It is obviously a White supremist holiday and it should not be celebrated. Instead of celebrating the people who came and robbed the Natives of land, we should take the day to remember those who lost their homes.

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  10. I feel that Columbus Day is just a huge misconception in today's society. It is often that a Historic holiday is badly understood and people do not realize that people lost their homes on this day. It is obviously a White supremist holiday and it should not be celebrated. Instead of celebrating the people who came and robbed the Natives of land, we should take the day to remember those who lost their homes.

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  11. I would be so angry if someone took my home because they are just claiming something that is not theirs. I think Columbus day should not be celebrated because is basically celebrating stealing because they took away something that didn't belong to them.

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  12. What columbus did was wrong. You can't just claim something that isn't yours. If someone took my home away i would fight back for it. columbus day shouldn't be celebrated because he took land that wasn't his and it led to one of the biggest genocides in history. I refuse to capitalize columbus.

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  13. I would be very upset if the person who took away my land got a holiday recognizing his so-called accomplishments. Additionally, Columbus Day is supposed to celebrate Columbus "discovering" the Americas, however, he did not really discover it if there were people already living there.

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  14. If someone took away my home from my family and I, I'd be very upset. If they were to make a new holiday celebrating their accomplishments, I would be enraged. I don't think Columbus Day should be celebrated because he technically didn't discover America and it made it worse for the Native Americans because they were being kicked out of their homes.

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  15. I think they should reevaluate this day. I agree that it should be called Indigenous people day to honor the families that were forced out of their homes. I think they should teach grades from k-12 the unjustified laws that were passed to remove these innocent Native Americans to move when they could have shared the open space that was there.

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  16. I would be mad if someone took my home away

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  17. I believe it is not humane taking people out of their homelands, I would hate to be in that position.

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  18. it was very unfair for the British to come and take land that was already owned by Native Americans and especially when they either try to force or bribe them of the land. Let alone having their own holiday because they "found" the U.S. when really they just named it. But the cruel thing is that British forgot all about the Native Americans and kept everything to themselves.

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