Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day? LIers weigh in

Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day? LIers weigh in

'Christopher Columbus's spirit of determination & adventure has provided inspiration to generations of Americans. Columbus Day is actually one of the three federal holidays that TD Bank remains open for ... The bond market as well as state and federal offices will open back up on Tuesday. Some states are opting to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day instead, as an alternative holiday.

"This won't change history totally, but we're at the point where we realize calling it Columbus Day is completely wrong", said Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. That goes even for retailers such as Costco, which closes down for several major holidays each year but is open on Columbus Day.

The mayor's office said the decision wasn't made because many US cities are replacing their observance of Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day, but rather because the city doesn't have the budget to give its 8,500 employees off on both that and Veterans Day.

The first New York City Indigenous Peoples Day celebration was in 2015, when 6,000 indigenous people and their supporters gathered on Randall's Island. "Columbus Day is a relic of an outdated and oversimplified version of history", Somerville mayor Joe Curtatone wrote on Facebook.

A follow-up tweet on Monday followed the same tack, ignoring the indigenous peoples of the Americas, but praising Columbus's "accomplishments as a navigator" (Columbus thought he had landed in Asia). The other two are Presidents' Day and Veterans Day.

An attempt in Akron to rename the holiday grew ugly previous year, dividing the all-Democratic city council along racial lines.

He says the goal is to educate, and when his people hear it called Columbus Day, that's what they try to do.

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Oh, and Obama also acknowledged that Columbus' "discovery" of the Bahamas was a mistake, something Trump would never do because his favorite defense is claiming "I meant to do that all along" and then blaming the media for blowing the thing out of proportion.

In fact, Columbus, Ohio, has no real connection to the man himself.

While many schoolchildren learn about the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, less appealing details of Columbus' journeys include the enslavement of Native Americans and the spread of deadly diseases.

Those cities are now honoring the history and contributions of Native Americans. Joseph Contino, board member of the Columbus Italian Festival, told the Associated Press.

Courts are closed on Columbus Day. "Use this day to celebrate the entire culture, celebrate Italians and indigenous both".

It's not only Native populations that are harmed when we continue to celebrate Columbus year after year.

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