Christopher Columbus Day
By Ameer Khan
"Many of the men I have seen have scars on their bodies, and when I made signs to them to find out how this happened, they indicated that people from other nearby islands come to San Salvador to capture them; they defend themselves the best they can. I believe that people from the mainland come here to take them as slaves. They ought to make good and skilled servants, for they repeat very quickly whatever we say to them.” This is a journal entry from Christopher Columbus on October 12th, 1492 documenting his thoughts upon his first contact with the natives. If his initial thought was to enslave the people who greeted him with kindness, why do we celebrate Christopher Columbus day?