Nothing Murky About Columbus’s Legacy

Bill Bigelow, Rethinking Schools curriculum editor and Zinn Education Project co-director, wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Times in response to their August 26, 2017, article about statues and Columbus.

The following letter was published on September 3, 2017.



Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years (Teaching Guide) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryBigelow is co-editor of the popular teaching guide, Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years.

In a 2015 article, “It Is Time to Abolish Columbus Day,” Bigelow wrote,

Once again this year many schools will pause to commemorate Christopher Columbus. Given everything we know about who Columbus was and what he launched in the Americas, this needs to stop.

View resources for teachers and students to use in campaigns to abolish Columbus Day.


On Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, a group of about 50 people met at the Minnesota Capitol to celebrate Anti-Colonizer Day and to call for the Christopher Columbus statue to be taken down. Image: Scott Takushi, Pioneer Press.