We all know that Columbus didn't discover the American continents. Honoring him is based on a historical myth. On the other hand, we do know that European immigrants wiped out the peoples and cultures that had lived here for thousands of years. Let us stop pretending to celebrate a false idol and instead give a day to remembering those who suffered so much during the building of our nation, the First Peoples of this continent.
It is the just and right thing to do. All my life I have heard objections to adding another national holiday because of the costs involved. But Columbus Day is a day that no one celebrates anymore. It has not lasted because it is based on falsehood. It is time that we corrected this injustice and acknowledge our debt to the people of the First Nations who were here for thousands of years before being overrun by immigrants. Replacing Columbus Day with Native American Remembrance Day will help to solve both problems, without incurring any inconvenience or expense administratively.