This morning I looked at my calendar for the weekend saw that Monday we are off from work because of the Columbus Day holiday. Then I noted another entry for the same day, "Indigenous Peoples' Day". The entry appears as part of the macOS Calendar app feed for US Holidays. I don't recall seeing this in the past so I think it's a recent change; perhaps as part of the upgrade to macOS Mojave.
Given what I have learned about the history of European colonization of the Americas, I don't appreciate Columbus Day in the USA, especially in terms of how the holiday is framed as a "discovery". The assumptions seems to be that a place isn't a place, and a people and culture don't matter, unless white Europeans have "discovered" it. Ugh!
Now that the USA has become more of a multi-curtural and multi-ethnic1 country, I think it's important to revisit our history and re-frame the significance of historical events. We don't need Columbus Day.
What are some ways that I can respectfully observe this US holiday? I'm open for ideas.
- I acknowledge that much work remains to get us truly and fully there. But progress is being made. Slowly. ↩