Should we continue to observe Columbus Day?

10 October, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • A statue of Christopher Columbus at Palos de la Frontera in Huelva

"We do this because our history book erase such history".

America looks remarkably different than it did that first Columbus Day, he said, and so its collective memory - what matters to citizens - will look different, too. But he also acknowledged the uglier side of Columbus' voyages. However, "one tumbled off his bike and was held by the witness until Monroe District police officers got there and placed the 30-year-old under arrest, police said".

Cliff Matias, the cultural director of the Redhawk Native American Arts Council, which is hosting a "Re-Thinking Columbus Day" event through Monday in NY, defended the event and said it was not being held to take anything away from the Italian Americans.

The (Oct. 2) action by the Moscow City Council to replace Columbus Day with a new holiday, Indigenous Peoples Day, is disappointing and sad.

So what did Columbus really do? Particularly notable are 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus and 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, both by Charles C. Mann.

However, in recent years, indigenous people and others have rallied against the holiday, claiming Columbus enslaved and murdered many indigenous people.

And he wasn't the first European in the New World, either.

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The discovery by Columbus brought the permanent arrival of Europeans to the Americas, which Trump noted was a "transformative event that undeniably and fundamentally changed the course of human history and set the stage for the development of our great Nation". "The past we share is marked by too many broken promises, as well as violence, deprivation, and disease".

"It's lovely that Berkeley declared it Indigenous Peoples' Day, but I think it's even more important that we recognize that this holiday and the people who are recognized by it exist", Worthington said. I have no problem with a day recognizing Native American people.

Columbus' landing in Hispaniola (modern day Haiti and the Dominican Republic) wiped out the native Taino people with disease and slavery.

At least 16 states, including Alaska, Hawaii and OR, don't recognize Columbus Day as a public holiday.

"Indigenous People's Day represents a much more honest and fair representation of American values", he said. In fact, last week, the Salt Lake City Council voted to have Indigenous Peoples' Day on Columbus Day. One of them was Los Angeles.

Some Americans (12 percent) remained "unsure", while only 3 percent said they had never heard of Columbus.

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