Why the US celebrates Columbus Day

  • Published on: December 8 Okt 2018

  • Should Columbus Day be Indigenous Peoples’ Day?Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjOIn past decades, Christopher Columbus has gone from unquestioned US hero to problematic figure. For centuries, the destruction and disease he ushered into the Americas have been set aside, allowing the myth of a pioneering sailor who discovered America and proved the world was round to embed itself in US culture. But as this myth has been increasingly confronted with brutal historical facts, things have started to change. While Columbus still has a national holiday in his honor, complete with parades and celebrations, there are many people fighting to dismantle the myth that surrounds him and choosing to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead.Watch this video to understand how Columbus became a US icon over time and why his status is in question today. Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5HOr on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o
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COMMENTS: 40

  • Vox
    Vox   2 months ago

    Correction: At 00:32 we incorrectly say that Columbus never set foot on North American soil. Columbus landed in Central America and the Caribbean which are both regions in North America. We meant to say that Columbus never reached the United States. We regret the error.

  • jocko jonson
    jocko jonson   6 days ago

    Even though Ki was horrible that event was the most important genetic discovery of human history

  • Baguette1
    Baguette1   1 weeks ago

    so the union party held back the native americans, and did not give them a say

  • greased
    greased   1 weeks ago

    But wait vikings found america first lol get ur facts right.

  • Der Steppenwolf
    Der Steppenwolf   1 weeks ago

    "The Native American who discovered Columbus made a terrible discovery."Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)

  • Jonezx2020
    Jonezx2020   2 weeks ago

    Columbus was a RAPIST. So Happy Rape Day.

  • Fred is aus the venision

    At the end an Italian Landead in new York 50 years later. soNow you are allFucktup in your History!!!🇮🇹

  • AGENT 355
    AGENT 355   3 weeks ago

    Obviously most people shouldn't trust a poll that was done by the knights of columbus these are the same people who think there's just a few bad apples when it comes to priests RAPING children

  • Dimitri Annikie
    Dimitri Annikie   3 weeks ago

    I live in the Caribbean and we wouldn't even dream of making a day for that greedy genocidal maniac 🙌🙌🙌

  • Ontann
    Ontann   3 weeks ago

    I'm surprised the founding fathers chose Columbus over Amerigo Vespucci (i.e. the guy that the name America is based on).

  • Non
    Non   3 weeks ago

    Lol, I only like Clumbus Day cus' there's no school.

  • MaddCB
    MaddCB   3 weeks ago

    How you get credit for "discovery" if people already there? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • firufu
    firufu   3 weeks ago

    Americans are so hellbent to keep this idealized version of Columbus despite the evidence contradicting the ideas. Its truly disgusting

  • g4ngst4crizz4b
    g4ngst4crizz4b   3 weeks ago

    What's worse? "Columbus Day"? Or if I mention the cleaning product "Spic and Span"? The reaction is enough to consider the association a "race is involved somehow" joke. What's worse? And should Spin and Span be removed either by public action through law or consumer boycott?

  • vinci vedi vici lex talionas

    The Vikings beat him by almost half a millennium. They did not know it was North America, but neither did Columbus hence Indians (India). There is also evidence that the Scandinavians inhabited Greenland until the 14th century. The Vikings that landed there had a name for the natives. "Skralings" which roughly translates into "little ugly people" lol. I learned this stuff from college and I just thought I would share it.

  • Christian Zaffuto
    Christian Zaffuto   1 months ago

    Because we, the Italians, spanish, portugues, french, spaniards, etc spawned them.

  • Charlotte Katakuri
    Charlotte Katakuri   1 months ago

    Aww.. we destroyed the indians mud huts and built educational institutions, constructed hospitals, invented technology in this land. White people are terrible for advancing the world.

  • BARBATUS 89
    BARBATUS 89   1 months ago

    I was taught in Central America to hate the Spanish. Then I grew up, grew a beard, realized I was 100 percent Spanish because of my Spanish beard and other evidence, and learned more about my past, seeing how glorious it was. Columbus was a devil worshiper Knight Templar whose ships La Niña, La Pinta y La Santa María displayed, if ubiquitous illustrations are based on the truth, the Templar cross showing their mission was to establish masonry in other lands, not so much Catholicism which also uses the Templar cross because the Templars aka elite so-called "free"masons who call themselves "ILLUMINATI" also control Catholicism which is idolatrous making Mary a goddess in effect.Everyone who says they are against slavery is a hypocrite when they are silent about terrorist Muslims made prisoners of war. Captives are slaves.The Spanish were in a global war against Islam. If Spain did not conquer what it did, Muslims like the Turks may have gotten there first. Spain was not going to sit idly by and let Islam grow in strength making the Reconquista pointless. Spain improved the civilization of the Natives who were in some cases cannibals or sacrificed humans. Spain taught of racial equality, that all come from Adam. The Spanish mingled with the Natives unlike the British norm. Spain defended the Philippines from Muslim invaders from Brunei and elsewhere. Filipinos would be bowing to Mecca five times a day if not for my people who improved their civilization, united them and gave them chocolate from Aztec lands conquered. Except for some bad apples among the Spanish who deserved torture and death, the Spanish did not kill Natives unless the Natives were hostile to the agents of improved civilization and protection from Islam or human sacrificers or what have you. Ironically, if Muslims took over Spain, land of my ancestors, and executed the libtards in the government and their libtarded army who disgrace Spain, I would be glad to see justice there.4:32 It's George Dubya Bush with a wig! lol

  • rabblerouser
    rabblerouser   1 months ago

    I think the natives enjoyed our immigration. They never built any walls.

  • Justino Igriega
    Justino Igriega   1 months ago

    And yet you celebrate Thanksgiving without complaining lmaooooooo

  • Strawhat 845
    Strawhat 845   1 months ago

    I don't understand why the f*** I got a holiday after this guy that killed thousands of people it's just a shame... it's so funny how white people always say they discovered stuff but they haven't discovered anything they just stole from everybody

  • this nigga eating beans

    y’all be saying you hate America but your comment is on a platform made by an American i-

  • Miguel Castresana Aguirre

    So basically a few hundred of conquistadors conquered lands of millions with their own hands. No help from the native tribes at all. Damn, these spaniards were super humans? Come on... Do not insult the intelligence. They were IN CONSTANT fightings. Aztec/Inca Empires were subduing the surrounding tribes, which was used by the spanish as an advantage.

  • Laurent Champagne
    Laurent Champagne   1 months ago

    Vox never puts a source after their video or in the description.

  • PlaneTravels
    PlaneTravels   1 months ago

    Guys, you are decontextualizing stuff, you shoud study more history, really. Columbus has done nothing wrong in the eyes of a man of his time. You are the ones that are judging a man using your own modern values. Every civilization had slaves, Aztecs had them, it was normal. The word "slave" came from "slav", becouse slavs were common slaves in medieval time, and they were white, but it was not important at the time. When ancient greeks conquered another greek city, they could decide to kill all males and sell every one else like slaves, so, i guess, now we have problems with columns...

  • Sophia Wilson
    Sophia Wilson   1 months ago

    Lot of towns have stopped having parades for the Columbus. The truth is coming out.

  • DCpounder
    DCpounder   1 months ago

    I love Columbus Day! Nice job discovering the new world! Vox nice error and hold the L.

  • who create GOD?
    who create GOD?   1 months ago

    native American discover first!and he is a murderer

  • jeremyjw
    jeremyjw   1 months ago

    careful not to confuse Columbuswith Columbia, the personification of the United States

  • Ver Coda
    Ver Coda   1 months ago

    Possibly because not many people know that Saint Brendan (allegedly) discovered America long before Columbus, but then just went right back to Ireland and left it at that. Brendan was possibly fond of tall tales, however.