And should we get too comfortable with our childhood views of Columbus, we might read about some misconceptions about Columbus: http://www.livescience.com/16468-christopher-columbus-myths-flat-earth-discovered-americas.html
Thankfully, I don't have a horse in this race, so to speak. But I am intrigued by the emotion some people are expressing around the issue, whether Native Americans, Italians, or others. For me, Columbus Day was never a huge holiday. But I appreciate the updated information about what really happened and understand why the differing views.
Perhaps we really are getting closer to the time when we will realize that:
The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.