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John Oliver and Last Week Tonight Wonder, “How Is Columbus Day Still a Thing?”

By now most educated adults probably know that Christopher Columbus didn’t really discover America. In fact, he was a brutal colonizer whose arrival brought misery and death to millions through war, slavery, and disease.

So why do we still celebrate Columbus Day? Last Week Tonight does a good job summing up the case against the holiday, and even offers a few alternatives.

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