Should We, As People of Color, Acknowledge Columbus Day?

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Today is a national holiday for those that choose to celebrate it. Columbus Day was originally on  October 12, 1492, but is now recognized on October 8, which marks the day that Christopher Columbus supposedly discovered the “Americas”. However, most know much different. 

The land was already inhabited by the original natives making his claim of discovery fraudulent, but because it was new to them Christopher Columbus “discovered” it. The explorer was lost on his journey to India well off by thousands of miles from his destination where he now mislabeled the natives as Indians, pillaged villages, massacred the people and brought colonialized slavery to this land. In reality as people of color, should we be celebrating this holiday and should it even be respected nationally as a holiday?

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Evan Wheeler hails from Camden, NJ. Most know him as Huey X, which is his selected born again name. It was selected by his love of Huey P Newton and Malcolm X who he follows for their beliefs and looks up to as his mentors. Huey is a well educated brother by the standards of college, as well as being a self taught activist and revolutionary through his experiences in life. He also thinks of himself as an entrepreneur being involved in so many different fields that include: poetry, writing, youth advocacy, business development, investing, and production. He is, “Always looking to advance the culture & legacy ".

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