The mark of a deep, strong, and capable thinker is one who truly understands her opponent's strongest argument. She doesn't just set up a "straw man" that she can then topple; no, she thinks critically about what makes someone else's claim legitimate, explores the evidence that strengthens the claim, and then dismantles it by articulating its weaknesses.
So, here's what I'd like you to do:
- Read some of these readings about Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day: Smithsonian Magazine, National Public Radio, Education Post (Includes a Video), Des Moines Register, and the University of Buffalo.
- Think about whether Columbus Day is a valid day of remembrance. (In other words, do you agree Columbus Day ought to be celebrated, or do you think we ought to celebrate, say, indigenous peoples?)
- Then, post a comment not of your argument, but rather of your hypothetical opponent's.