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Should Indigenous People's Day replace Columbus Day as a federal holiday?

The U.S. has honored Christopher Columbus with a federal holiday since 1934, but more cities and states have begun celebrating Indigenous People's Day instead. Critics say Columbus Day celebrations whitewash America's painful history of colonialism, enslavement, and the destruction of Native American cultures. Many point out that Columbus was pretty evil. Supporters say the holiday commemorates an iconic explorer and honors Italian Americans. What do you think?

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As Native American populations have increased in urban areas, cities across the country are celebrating Indigenous People's Day. Many argue Columbus Day is really just a celebration for white people. As our population grows increasingly diverse, is that the kind of holiday America needs?

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Others decry Indigenous Peoples' Day as "political correctness."

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The change is celebrated by activists as an acknowledgment of the suffering and subjugation of Native Americans and non-Europeans.

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But many Italian Americans feel like it's a day to celebrate their heritage. They don't want that celebration canceled. According to the Associated Press, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York has said on the issue: 

 'You can debate the historical figure of Christopher Columbus, but you can’t debate the contribution of Italian-Americans to this country.'
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Columbus was the first slave trader in the Americas, forcing the Arawak people to work in his brutal gold mines. Within two years, 125,000 (half of the population) of the original natives on Quisqueya (what Columbus later dubbed "Hispaniola") were dead. He tortured his slaves and gave native girl children to his men as sexual favors. 

In a single day, one of Columbus’ men, Bartolome De Las Casas, witnessed Spanish soldiers dismember, behead, or rape 3,000 people. “Such inhumanities and barbarisms were committed in my sight as no age can parallel,” De Las Casas wrote.

Why is there a holiday for this guy again? 

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For decades, American children were taught that Columbus discovered America in 1492. For many people, Columbus Day is part of America's creation story. They think of it as celebrating the arrival of Europeans, not honoring genocide or theft.

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