It was in the year 2011 that I began this series of posts, expressing the shame I felt for this national holiday. Well, it is that time of year again and there are more movements popping up trying to get the word out to more and more people. Just recently in Seattle, Washington the City Council voted unanimously for replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day. Fox News reports that other cities have followed suit. I hope more follow until Columbus is celebrated no more.
A few years ago Nu Heightz Cinema filmmakers Carlos Germosen and Crystal Whelan created the following PSA to “reconsider Columbus Day.” I think everyone should listen to and act on their message.
What follows in the original post I've repeatedly posted each year about Columbus Day.
Today is Columbus Day. A day that has become a national holiday. Even though it's somewhat well known what Christopher Columbus did to the natives when he landed in the americas I sometimes wonder what certain Statists' and patriots' feelings are about it. Personally I am ashamed of this act in our history. It is even more shameful that it is celebrated as it is.
In the multivolume History of the Indies Bartolome de las Casas describes what the Europeans did to the natives,
Endless testimonies....prove the mild and pacific temperament of the natives....But our work was to exasperate, ravage, kill, mangle and destroy; small wonder, then, if they tried to kill one of us now and then.... The admiral, it is true, was blind as those who came after him, and he was so anxious to please the King that he committed irreparable crimes against the Indians.... 
After enslaving the natives the Europeans worked them to the point of death.
Thus husbands and wives were together only once every eight or ten months and when they met they were so exhausted and depressed on both sides....they ceased to procreate. As for the newly born, they died early because their mothers, overworked and famished, had no milk to nurse them, and for this reason, while I was in Cuba, 7000 children died in three months. Some mothers even drowned their babies from sheer desperation.... In this way, husbands died in the mines, wives died at work, and children died from lack of milk....and in a short time this land which was so great, so powerful and fertile....was depopulated.... My eyes have seen these acts so foreign to human nature, and now I tremble as I write..... 
In American Holocaust David Stannard writes that approximately 100,000,000 natives were exterminated, or nearly exterminated, due to acts of cruelty, genocide, and disease.  Of course, it seems many historians place that figure around 50,000,000 so the precise number seems to vary. 
While many people might celebrate this day as a day Columbus “found” america (there were millions living here before he even showed up and took over) I will remember it for what it was: a time of mass slavery and genocide and I will mourn those who lost their lives and their land.
1. A Peoples' History of the United States: 1492-Present, by Howard Zinn, HarperPerennial, 2005; 6
2. Ibid.; 7
3. American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World, by David E. Stannard, Oxford University Press, 1992; 151
4. Population history of indigenous peoples of the Americas - accessed 10-10-11