CHANGED HOW WE THINK
For some years now, an annual round of protests and critical statements have helped to build anticipation of the day on which we honor the great Genoese adventurer (in 2017 observed on Monday, October 9). This year in particular, there’s the proclamation of an alternative celebration in Los Angeles: Indigenous People’s Day.
This is meant to commemorate — or rather, to mourn? — that fabled moment, half a millennium ago, when Europe’s conquest of the Western Hemisphere began.