The fight over Columbus Day has taken over to Twitter. On Monday, much of the United States celebrates a holiday in honor of the principal European given credit for discovering the Americas — despite the fact that millions of people already lived in the Western Hemisphere. That frustrates many activists who see Christopher Columbus as a stand-in for every atrocity committed under the conquest of the Americas and colonialism. Others want to maintain the status quo. Now many of those arguments are playing out on Twitter as #ColumbusDay trends on both sides.
The permanent arrival of Europeans to the Americas was a transformative event that undeniably and fundamentally changed the course of human history and set the stage for the development of our great Nation.
The only hardships mentioned are Columbus's: "extreme doubt and tremendous adversity." Perhaps that shouldn't be a surprise coming from the Trump Administration, but given the large number of Americans who are taking the issue to the Internet for a continued debate, and it's not all going in a progressive anti-colonial direction. Feel free to take a moment to post your own thoughts on #ColumbusDay on Twitter, because you might be surprised by what you find.