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3 Movies and a Book to Get You Thinking Critically about Columbus Day

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Today is Columbus Day, that special day where, once a year, some people get to take off work and school to celebrate the “discovery” of North and South America by a man from Genoa who had no qualms about torturing indigenous peoples to get what he wanted. If the idea of celebrating Columbus’s landing in the Bahamas disturbs you, you’re not alone —Alaska, South Dakota and Oregon actually don’t recognize Columbus Day anymore. Seattle, Albuquerque, and Portland, Oregon, have even replaced Columbus Day with another holiday: Indigenous People’s Day, which celebrates the people who were living on this continent before Columbus’s landing triggered the imperialism and genocide that elementary school lessons often overlook. It’s such a weird holiday that John…

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