Indigenous Peoples Day: 4 Things to Know

Monday, 09 Oct, 2017

"Neither a flawless man, nor the historic villain that recent critics have sought to make him, Christopher Columbus was actually a man ahead of his time whose vision and discovery changed the course of world history by connecting the peoples of the world for the first time", the website says. Survey participants were 18 years or older and residing in the continental United States.

"This action is about publicly recognizing that America's ancestors, for centuries, oppressed certain minority groups".

Such re-evaluations don't change history, but they do change how we remember it. No other cities followed suit for a couple decades.

San Francisco, Seattle, Albuquerque and Denver are other cities that have opted to replace the controversial holiday with one celebrating Native Americans instead.

Far-left wing Americans and groups like Antifa despise Christopher Columbus because he allegedly exemplified many things that anarchists will use revolutionary violence to oppose, such as colonialism, capitalism and racism. But while more and more cities are adopting a change to Indigenous People's day, not everyone likes dumping Columbus.

The momentum, however, did not gain traction in some areas. The Los Angeles council member who authored the bill to replace Columbus Day is himself a member of the Wyandotte Nation; when he took office four years ago, he was sworn in by his tribe's chief.

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.

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

Landing of Columbus, (1847) by American painter John Vanderlyn, shows the explorer arriving in the West Indies on October 12, 1492.

A white paper cover now covers the sculpture of Christopher Columbus and the block it stands on, and the entire display is now surrounded by a chain-link fence. It is now known as Watling Island. "Leave the Italian-American heritage alone".

Two additional states, Iowa and Nevada, do not celebrate it as an official holiday, but the respective governors are authorized and requested by statute to proclaim the day each year.

Critics of Columbus say the Italian explorer's slaughter and abuse of Native Americans means the statue should come down. 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. I personally have been misguided when it came to the facts about Columbus.

Speaking about the same, Leo Killsback, a professor of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University, said, "Columbus Day is not just a holiday, it represents the violent history of colonization in the Western hemisphere", History.com reported.

Many people see the holiday as a celebration of Italian heritage as much as a celebration of the explorer.