Now honestly, Columbus Day is pretty much an excuse to give state and federal employees a day off and for businesses to throw sales. But that doesn't mean it is a good thing that we celebrate it. But despite a ton of people really not liking Columbus, his day doesn't change and few cities and states have made any effort to change it. (Seattle is a noted exception with the awfully-named Indigenous Peoples Day.) A lot of this is probably the influence of the two million members of the Knights of Columbus worldwide. While I consider the Catholic organization a great giver of time and money to many amazing causes, I also dislike their unending need to protect the good name of a slaver and murderer.
Let's be honest about Columbus, he opened up the New World, but he also brought a ton of evil to it. And it is more than time to change the day to celebrate someone more deserving of the honor.
My personal preference is Sacagawea Day, a celebration of one of the finest American heroes in this country's history, and a woman that did far more to open up the United States than perhaps anyone else in its history. Admittedly, I am also just fascinated by her as a historical figure, even including her in an upcoming novel, but she seems like a wise decision to both celebrate the foundation of this land and the dozens of tribes that were there to meet her and the Lewis & Clark expedition on their journey across the country.
|Sacagawea is a complete badass in the pages of Image's Manifest Destiny.|