Does anyone really still believe that Christopher Columbus is an Italian worth celebrating? As far as Italians go, he’s probably the only one that could out asshole Italy’s other biggest asshole, Il Duce, Mussolini. Columbus’ record of super-villainy is unassailable. Don’t believe us, read the man’s own words from his journals. Just make sure you have a bucket handy, some of his disgusting deeds against human beings would make James Wan cringe.
For reasons that are blatantly obvious, there has been a blowback to FDR’s enshrining of Columbus as a hero deserving of a national holiday. Initially, the pro-Columbus pressure came from a Catholic group of Italian Americans who decided that Columbus was their man to bolster Italian heritage in the U.S. Of course, Columbus was never even in North America, and in the years since his “landing,” Italian-Americans have given us plenty of better options.
40 years ago, a council at the UN moved that celebrating Columbus was just plain dumb. That was 1977. By 1990, South Dakota, Berkley, and Ecuador had replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrations because, duh. Since then, a laundry list of cities started celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day with some states just dropping Columbus Day all together without replacing it.