Calls to replace Columbus Day gaining momentum

Columbus statue in Columbus Circle gets 24-hour NYPD detail

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted this week to eliminate all references to Columbus Day as a county holiday, designating October 12 as Italian American Heritage Day and creating a new Indigenous Peoples Day. They say no one spoke out against it at that time.

Bo Dietl, the independent candidate and former NYPD detective, wore a t-shirt to the parade that read, "Leave the statue alone".

"People just can't let things be", added Maria DiCiaccio, also of the Tewksbury Sons of Italy.

Still, jurisdictions that want to change the holiday can face opposition.

"Not only did Columbus not discover America, some historians say he never even stepped foot on American soil", Barron said.

The move by the mayor led to him being "uninvited" to the event in the Bronx Sunday, where politicians started a petition to keep the Columbus Circle statue.

Advocates successfully pushed for the change in Cambridge, and has introduced resolutions in Boston, Brookline and other communities. In Portland, Oregon, school board officials chose to supplement Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day. "He's not an appropriate hero", Munro said.

Trump's proclamation urges the U.S.to celebrate Christopher Columbus' spirit of discovery of the Americas, a contrast to former President Barack Obama's document previous year, which acknowledged both Columbus' drive to explore and the suffering of Native Americans. Well, they didn't have all the information. Critics say it is a holiday devoted to someone responsible for the death of countless indigenous people and the destruction of their native cultures.

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The movement can generally be traced back to 1991, when Indigenous Peoples Day was first codified into law in Berkeley, Calif., as a counterpoint to the 500th anniversary of Columbus' landing.

The decision was recognized as a complicated one, with many competing ideas relating to heritage and differing opinions of what Columbus Day means.

Some local Italians beg to differ.

"There are a lot of inaccuracies in our history", Green said. He stressed that Columbus had a significant impact on trade and commerce in the Americas, "opening up the gateway".

"In light of recent vandalism, the NYPD has assigned patrol resources to maintain a post in the vicinity of the Columbus Statue", the NYPD said in a statement. This, after several years of stopgap measures to institute a Indigenous Peoples Day in the past.

"The reason this broad re-evaluation is happening right now is because for most of the past 150 years-while a revolution was occurring in the way most Americans perceive race-there was also an absolute refusal to seriously reconsider how we remember these historical figures", he said.

It first began as a counter-celebration to the Columbus Day, which celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. "Leave the Italian-American heritage alone".

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