No, really. How do you explain Columbus Day to kids? Because I've gotten as far as explaining that Christopher Columbus "discovered" a land that already had people on it.
I got as far as explaining, "It's like if we went over to your friend Ashley's house and said, 'I HAVE DISCOVERED YOUR HOUSE. And now I'm going to live here. In exchange, here's a bunch of disease.'"
I got as far as showing my kids pictures of events in South Dakota, where Native Americans' Day is celebrated instead of Columbus Day.
If you've never considered this topic, the web comic The Oatmeal has a concise, easy to understand explanation of what's wrong with Columbus Day. The Oatmeal suggests honoring Bartolome de las Casas, a Spanish explorer who ended up fighting for equality for the indigenous people of the Americas, and eventually to work against all forms of slavery, including the African slave trade.
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