Columbus Day Quarrel: Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day?

Posted October 10, 2017

"We do not celebrate him because of what he did negatively", Angelo Vivolo from the Columbus Citizen's Foundation told 1010 WINS' Roger Stern.

The survey showed that an overwhelming majority of Americans - 76 percent - believe that Columbus and other historical figures should be judged by the standards of conduct of their own lifetimes, as opposed to modern standards.

Police escorted them away and the ceremony continued, 1010 WINS' Roger Stern reported. A celebration meant to recognise and respect the proud traditions and customs of North America's great tribes, it was first marked in 1992, five centuries on from Columbus setting sail. "It is a history that we must recognize as we seek to build a brighter future - side by side and with cooperation and mutual respect".

The misconceptions about this day and who Columbus was are strong and widespread, Green said, but something as small as learning more about Native American history and recognizing the tragedy they faced can do so much to help.

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Recently, local officials proclaimed to the rest of the country that any unwanted statues of Christopher Columbus should be delivered to the Town of Oyster Bay, which would proudly display the static symbols of supposed Italian Heritage.

Several states, including Texas and California, do not recognize Columbus Day as a paid holiday for its government employees.

"Columbus Day is a day that we've chosen to celebrate who we are", Basil Russo, president of the Order Italian Sons and Daughters of America, told the Associated Press in NY where 35,000 people marched in a Columbus Day parade. Columbus Day is a day that we've chosen to celebrate who we are.

Barron described Columbus as a "colonizer" who "enslaved Africans and slaughtered indigenous people".

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Gonzales says Columbus Day marks the beginning of a period of time in the calendar year that can be painful for and insensitive toward native communities. Native American groups say the holiday embraces Western colonialism and pays tribute to a man who promoted the trans-Atlantic slave trade and is responsible for the genocide of indigenous people.

"We gather during a teachable moment to discuss the ongoing impacts of that legacy and to commit ourselves to reversing them", the group said.

Place a statue of an indigenous woman holding her child at Columbus Circle in New York City, he said, reminding viewers of the those Columbus encountered and enslaved.

"Burying history is the worst way", Brophy said.

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"Hopefully (it) will begin to ease some of that pain and give the recognition to the indigenous people that they deserve", L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn said after the vote, which also set aside October 12 as Italian Heritage Day.