Columbus -- a raping, pillaging European -- is glorified and immortalized by a national holiday in his name because he is credited with "discovering" America. The Native Americans were already here, of course; and his arrival on the shores of North America began the centuries-old campaign of theft, murder, and dehumanization that has robbed native nations of their lands, their health, and their dignity. There is little we can do to restore the tribes that were decimated by Europeans' greed, but we can begin to rectify this horrific injustice by refusing to glorify Columbus, and by instead recognizing our shared humanity with the natives whose lives and land we continue to destroy.
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