13/10/2014 11:16 BST | Updated 13/10/2014 11:59 BST

'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver' Asks: Columbus Day - How Is This Still A Thing?

The second Monday in October is an American holiday which "commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Bahamas in 1492 - beginning a long tradition of obnoxious white people visiting Caribbean islands and acting like they own the place."

So how come Columbus Day is still a thing?

Check out this handy beginner's guide, courtesy of 'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver'.

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