Good Guy or Bad Guy?
“Columbus Day Controversy”, written by Nanette Croce, is a non-aboriginal perspective on the controversy concerning whether or not Columbus Day should be celebrated. The articles states that many Native American decedents and their supporters believe that by celebrating Columbus Day, the entire country is joining in celebrating the genocide of millions of native people in North and South America. An annual Columbus Day celebrations started in Colorado as a period of hope for Italian-Americans. The author argues that while she sees how the Native Americans could be offended, the celebrations aren’t about Columbus. He is merely a symbol to the Italian-American community showing Italy’s past accomplishments.
Though the article is more about the significance of Columbus Day to Italian-Americans, I can concur that Christopher Columbus was more bad then good. The article states that “it was not my peoples’ finest hour”. The author believes such as Italian-Americans have Columbus Day, the natives Americans deserve a national holiday for a Native American hero because in reality the Natives were here years before Columbus stumbled upon Hispaniola.
In conclusion, I do not believe Columbus deserves a city, much less a whole day of celebration. If I had lived in his time, his actions still wouldn’t have been morally acceptable. Columbus has been given too much credit, especially because not only was he looking for Asia but there were natives living there for years before Columbus got there. I believe, even with his immoral actions, Columbus Day will still be celebrated because of his significance.