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Columbus Day vs. Indigenous Peoples’ Day

In 1492, Columbus "discovered" the Americas... where millions of people already lived. Here’s why some cities and states are replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Columbus enslaved, colonized, mutilated and massacred thousands of Indigenous People in the Americas

D.C. Councilmember David Grosso urged his colleagues to vote for this emergency so that the public can immediately begin to acknowledge the negative historic and continuing impacts of European colonization on the Indigenous people of the Americas and reaffirm the District of Columbia’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion for all. But for the change to become permanent, it requires Congressional approval.

The argument: Italian explorer Christopher Columbus led to the oppression of native people of the Americas when Europeans arrived. But some still defend Columbus Day celebrations — particularly in the Italian American community. The National Italian American Foundation opposed the new legislation in D.C. “We believe to repeal Columbus Day as a federal holiday, which is celebrated by over 20 million Italian Americans, only to replace it by another holiday celebrated by another ethnic group, would be culturally insensitive,” tweeted Anthony Morales, Tribal chief Red Blood of the Gabrielino/Tongva of San Gabriel, CA. Recognizing the day as Indigenous People day is an opportunity to educate the youth, the broader community about the positive and enduring contribution of indigenous people as well as the ongoing challenges faced by Native Americans. It’s needed to honor the countries ancestors. Time to celebrate the day for the indigenous people no one discovered.

Columbus enslaved, colonized, mutilated and massacred thousands of Indigenous People in the Americas. Cities and states are legislating to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. On Oct. 8, the Washington, D.C. council passed emergency legislation to rename the federal holiday. The facts about Columbus — who actually explored the Central and South American coasts — have been mixed-up over the years. At least 8 states and 130 cities and towns have renamed the holiday based on data from the NYT.

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10/14/2019 8:25 PM

113 comments

  • Ken C.
    10/14/2020 16:37

    Yep

  • Zimkile T.
    10/13/2020 15:06

    Du dat ting da rite ting 👀 seen

  • Luis D.
    10/13/2020 11:25

    Facts about Columbus: Columbus was born in Italy, but he wrote in Spanish, not Italian. Columbus was truly a man of the world. He left Italy at age 10. He sailed to England, Ireland, maybe even Iceland before settling and even marrying in Portugal. When his wife died, and his proposal to sail west was rejected by the Portuguese monarch, he moved to Spain and became a Spanish citizen.

  • Alex R.
    10/13/2020 10:33

    All the Spaniards did was to bring disease and steal all treasures. Pirates

  • Julie O.
    10/13/2020 03:29

    Thank you

  • Audrey B.
    10/13/2020 00:32

    Thief rapist murderer

  • Jose M.
    10/12/2020 23:32

    Very uncultivated person

  • Diaz J.
    10/12/2020 23:04

    You do realize Columbus just discovered North America. The pilgrims came as settlers. Marco Polo discovered South America searching for the foundation of youth

  • Luis D.
    10/12/2020 22:44

    It is funny,the Italians from italy,the REAL Italians do NOT celebrate columbus day. Why is that? The answer is simple: first of all,Christopher Columbus became a SPANISH citizen. Second, he came to America representing SPAIN,NOT italy and third,he claimed the land for SPAIN.,NOT for ITALY. It makes me laugh when I see those italian-americans being so proud on columbus day...

  • Linda J.
    10/12/2020 21:40

    My grandparents and mom was Indian so let’s not be disrespectful to anybody . God created all and loved all the same

  • Abi R.
    10/12/2020 21:31

    Native Americans were slaughtering eachother well before the European arrived. It's just that the European were more efficient. Don't be snowflakes, if this continues you'll all have erectile dysfunction in due course 🤣🤣🤣👌

  • Reisha J.
    10/12/2020 21:22

    another great platform.

  • Kenny M.
    10/12/2020 20:46

    The results of feminization can be seen in this human

  • Amos C.
    10/12/2020 20:39

    Europe was very backwards then. Didn't have a clue about the actual geography of the earth. The people living in the Americas knew more than them. The Native Americans knew about the "Old World" since they came from there.

  • Kirsten A.
    10/12/2020 19:46

    It's time the history books told the whole truth about ALL history as closely as we can. Otherwise itbis lost to another generation. It is no insult to any immigrants. We have the 4th of July and Thankgiving for all immigrants. Indigineous peoples have endured much. They have lost so much. Let us share in celebrating them all year.

  • Ashton L.
    10/12/2020 19:32

    And the Native Americans took the land from someone else.It’s been happening since the beginning of time.People act like The United States is the only country that was taken from somebody lol

  • Elizabeth T.
    10/12/2020 18:45

    Wow, native Americans get an entire month. Columbus gets a single day and it’s too much for some. That “white privilege” again apparently. Go look up Fransisco Bobadilla to find out where all this negative information is coming from. I’ll clue you in, it’s NOT coming from a reputable, reliable or valid source.

  • Michael W.
    10/12/2020 17:28

    sorry im not a snowflake and the faster peoploe understand indians are a beaten group the faster you will have peace, indians want a indian day, then win the war, indians were over run and thats the end of it, you dont see all the european countires celebrating the heritage of those who they conqured and so shouldnt america, stfu and be part of america of stfu

  • Raul S.
    10/12/2020 17:08

    “Sunday, October 14 These people are very simple as regards the u.se of arms, as your Highnesses will .sec from the seven that I caused to be taken, to bring home and learn our language and return; unless your Highnesses should order them all to be brought to Castile, or to be kept as captives on the same island; for with fifty men they can all be subjugated and made to do what is required of them…” C.C.

  • Jawad A.
    10/12/2020 16:57

    Columbus reached to a place where people were already living but they were not that much advanced as compared to crusaders of Europe in matters of weapons and defence , so crusaders killed to indigenous people of America ( almost 50 to 120 million people) and claimed to be owners of America. And now white crusaders will preach about peace and harmony

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