Why We Celebrate Columbus Day

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Christopher Columbus Statue in Plaza De Colon, in San Juan, Puerto Rico ( A Bello/Getty Images)

No American holiday is under siege as persistently as Columbus Day. “Indigenous People’s Day” is specifically an effort at an anti-Columbus holiday. The White House is pushing National Coming Out Day as a way of changing the subject. It is perhaps worth revisiting the two distinct reasons why we celebrate Columbus Day in the first place, and why the cultural Left hates both of them.

Some of the anti-Columbus arguments are about the man personally. He has his defenders: Garry Kasparov reminds us not to judge Columbus by the moral standards of our own time. Jarrett Stepman argues that Christopher Columbus …

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