Today is a federal holiday known as Columbus Day in the US because this country continues to honor the memory of one of the most horrific mass murderers in history, a greedy, vicious, slaveholding monster, someone who should actually be reviled and condemned. Having a national holiday in his name seems to put him on a par with Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr..
Making it a national holiday in the 1937 was a big mistake by president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, done to pander to the Italian community and the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic pressure group.
The comic strip The Oatmeal provides a succinct and compelling case for why Columbus should be condemned and why, if the US feels it must honor someone associated with the arrival of Europeans in America, it would do well to honor Bartolome de las Casas instead.
So following The Oatmeal‘s lead, I hereby celebrate Bartoleme Day.