Unsurprisingly, Portland has lept onto the Seattle band-wagon, and so Columbus Day is now also "Indigenous Peoples' Day". Isn't that special? Let's just ignore the fact that there is no such thing as "Indigienous People" in the western hemisphere; everybody came form someplace else. But Columbus was just such a terrible guy, given his time, and we all know how he subjugated all of the "Native Americans" here - which is why in North America, everyone today speaks Italian Spanish Portuguese English?
Oh, wait - the reason why the "proud Latinos" of central and south America all speak Spanish or Portuguese has nothing to do with Columbus; that was the Spanish Conquisition and the Portuguese, who destroyed civilizations there and rebuilt the remaining populations in their own image (and languages). But it's cool, these days, to hate on Columbus. They've been "teaching" this stuff for years in public schools. Some years ago, our daughter regurgitated the hate speech about how terrible Columbus was, and all of the horrible things he did to the Indians here.
Unbelievable. I had to walk her through the actual history, and she was surprised to find that - given the times - he wasn't such a bad guy after all. Sure, he left some shipwrecked staff with the locals, and he was pissed when he returned to find that they'd been killed by said natives. And he took serious retribution. Wouldn't have happened, if the natives had abided by their end of the bargain.
Of course, they don't teach that. Columbus was an evil white guy. And that's why we all speak Italian Spanish Portuguese today. What? Oh, no - they never talk about that in school.