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Does Christopher Columbus Really Deserve A Holiday?

Does Christopher Columbus Really Deserve A Holiday?

President Donald Trump's first presidential proclamation of Columbus Day gave only high praise to the 15th century explorer, a stark contrast to the proclamation made by President Barack Obama one year earlier. But in more than 50 US cities, along with a few universities, counties and states, it's not. Several other major cities such as Phoenix and Seattle also celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Italian Americans ride on a Columbus float while participating in the annual Columbus Day Parade in New York City, Oct. 10, 2005. Critics say it is a holiday devoted to someone responsible for the death of countless indigenous people and the destruction of their native cultures. Asked about Columbus, de Blasio said, "You can debate the historical figure of Christopher Columbus, but you can't debate the contribution of Italian-Americans to this country". Salt Lake City officials declared Tuesday that they would keep Columbus Day but observe Indigenous Peoples Day on the same day. In 1970, the holiday was attached to the second Monday of October. While Leftists recently have targeted Columbus for ridicule and rejection, historians agree on his monumental impact. Proponents of Indigenous Peoples Day say Columbus and his crew were responsible for rapes, murders and the plunder of the Caribbean islands where they landed.

The survey results were released October 3 by the Knights of Columbus, which is based in New Haven.

"Our city owes our very founding to the indigenous peoples in Denver", Denver City Councilman Paul Lopez told the Denver Post, shortly after the city adopted the new holiday in 2016.

President Trump apparently disagreed with Obama's contention that it is a history we must recognize. "You honor it by making it no longer invisible".

Sunday's rally started out as planned, then three protesters - two dressed in faux chains, with the third wearing a Klan outfit - tried to disrupt the proceedings.

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Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon and South Dakota are among the states that do not recognize Columbus Day.

Aguirre said people have been protesting the statue for years, and his next step is to speak with city council about taking it down.

As our view of Columbus' story has changed, so has the way we see today's holiday.

"I for one for obvious reasons happen to believe in the Italian-American heritage", he said.

Hunter Sagaskie, a Native American Programs peer adviser, also thinks the national holiday is inappropriate. And that's why we celebrate this in East Boston, the North End, our Italian neighborhoods. Other times, he sent attack dogs to hunt them down, and the dogs would tear off the arms and legs of the screaming natives while they were still alive.


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