I never thought much about Christopher Columbus until I became writing partners with Russell Means, in 1992. Russell had strong feelings about Columbus. He felt it was wrong to honor someone who oppressed Indians, and who avoided catastrophe only by the dumb luck of colliding with an unknown continent.
Often, Russell would go to Denver on Columbus Day to help lead a protest to shut down the Columbus Day Parade. Sometimes he landed in jail, but it was Russell’s hope that he would see the end of Columbus Day in the United States, in his lifetime.