The Long Struggle to Abolish Columbus Day

Long live Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Every year, on the second Monday of October, folks go through the same motions. On one side, there’s a chorus of those who celebrate a certain murderous Renaissance explorer who inadvertently navigated to the Caribbean and led his people to rape and pillage the island natives. (This includes businesses that close up shop in commemoration.) On the other side, there’s another group of voices (especially on social media) that counter with one of Jay-Z’s most quotable lines: “