Happy Columbus Day! Maybe… Millions of Americans around the country are thankful to have a day off of work today but some aren’t too happy about the reason. The hashtag #HappyColumbusDay has been trending all morning but most of the messages aren’t celebrating the famous explorer.
Columbus was a murderer. #happycolumbusday
— Mulch (@ryan_mulchahy) October 13, 2014
Everyone knows that Christopher Columbus sailed the oceans blue in 1492 but did he really discover America? How can you discover a place that was already inhabited by millions of people?
Let’s take a break from squabbling over the name “Redskins” to celebrate the man who slaughtered so many of them. #HappyColumbusDay
— Lauren Sivan (@LaurenSivan) October 13, 2014
#HappyColumbusDay! I’m celebrating by breaking into my neighbor’s house, ‘discovering’ his big screen TV and taking it home for myself.
— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) October 13, 2014
#HappyColumbusDay where first Nations people were robbed, maimed and murdered for your right to a day off and a one day sale.
— Bougie Black Girl (@BougieBlackGurl) October 13, 2014
I’m gonna walk to the nearest chipotle today and take everyone’s food, then claim I founded chipotle. #happycolumbusday
— Bad Ass Tshirt Guy (@badasstshirtguy) October 13, 2014
Columbus Day may still be a national holiday but several states have decided to stop celebrating the famous explorer. Seattle, for instance, recently decided to rename the holiday Indigenous Peoples Day.
Let’s celebrate Columbus Day by walking into someone else’s house & telling them we live there now #AntiColumbusDay #IndigenousPeoplesDay
— Karen (@karenmichellll) October 13, 2014
Happy #IndigenousPeoplesDay everybody, and remember, mass rape and genocide is not a cause for celebration. #AbolishColumbusDay
— jesse (@_vasquez_j) October 13, 2014
Enough said. #HappyColumbusDay #HappyIndigenousPeoplesDay pic.twitter.com/IA6ccryn2g
— Brother Slave (@BrotherSlave) October 13, 2014
What do you think about Columbus Day? Is it time to abolish the holiday in favor for something like Indigenous Peoples Day?