Columbus Day Quarrel: Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day?

Oct 10, 2017, 00:28
Columbus Day Quarrel: Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day?

"Instead of recognizing some guy who came and allegedly discovered the land, we're recognizing the people that lived here for many, many years long before Columbus arrived", Worthington said.

It's a sentiment other officials seem to share.

Numerous protesters call for cities and towns to adopt Indigenous People's Day.

"I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities", Trump said.

And then there's the issue of leaving out entire groups of native people. "We do this because our history book erase such history". No other cities followed suit for a couple decades.

Eighty years later, more and more people want to rethink - and rename - his legacy.

The city council voted 14-1 on August 30 to commemorate "indigenous, aboriginal and native people" over Columbus, a hero to many Italian-Americans. New York City, for instance, will today host its 73rd annual Columbus Day parade on Fifth Ave., with 35,000 people marching and over 100 bands, floats and groups.

The momentum, however, did not gain traction in some areas. However, Native Americans reject the notion and condemn his atrocities towards indigenous peoples.

It should be noted that for every one native American who was killed at the hands of a white European, ten were felled by diseases.

"There is a tremendous amount of ignorance and arrogance about our history", Jones told the paper.

How Columbus Day even became a holiday is a complicated story in itself. In Latin America it's thee Dia de la Hispanidad, in Spain it's the Fiesta Nacional, in Belize and Uruguay it is celebrated as a day to respect cultural diversity on Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural, and in the United States it's celebrated as Columbus Day. His voyages took him to the Caribbean islands, South America and Central America.

"As we reflect on the adventurers throughout history who charted new courses and sought new heights, let us remember the communities who suffered, and let us pay tribute to our heritage and embrace the multiculturalism that defines the American experience".

While he admits Columbus had his flaws, he does not think it undermines his accomplishments.

At a time when some communities were dropping "Columbus" from the October holiday in favor of Indigenous Peoples' Day, Cuomo, an Italian-American, suggested Italian-American heritage can be honored as well as Native Americans. A day in his honor celebrates "the beginning of cultural exchange between America and Europe", according to the Order of Sons of Italy in America.

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