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Columbus Day is not observed in every state
10 October 2017, 12:37 | Damon Campbell
The war against Columbus Day
City, state and federal offices are closed.
President Donald Trump broke with recent White House tradition and offered no words of condolences for the genocide of Native Americans while proclaiming Christopher Columbus day. Many Italian Americans honor their heritage on Columbus Day with parades and festivals. "It acknowledges that indigenous peoples and their voices are important in today's conversations".
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.
Since its national acceptance by order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt 32 years later, United States citizens have seized the day as a chance to reflect on their heritage.
For instance, Cambridge previous year passed a resolution declaring Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday of October.
Historical records show Columbus as less extraordinary, he said, a deluded navigator who stumbled upon the Americas and carried out colonization as usual - no more or less interested in slavery than others of his time.
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He said, "The permanent arrival of Europeans. 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". "You honor it by making it no longer invisible".
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"AFN is greatly heartened by the outpouring of support from Alaskans in making Indigenous Peoples Day permanent".
Austin City Council in Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah, chose to opt for the new holiday as late as last week and Santa Barbara, California; Silver City, New Mexico; and Miami County in Kansas have all expressed interest in following suit in future. A few dozen cities - from Bangor, Maine, to Spokane, Wash. - have now made the switch, along with schools such as Syracuse University and the University of Utah.
Many local governments have voted to rename Columbus Day, and recently, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to make the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples Day beginning no later than 2019.
Aguirre said people have been protesting the statue for years, and his next step is to speak with city council about taking it down.
Jim Boland was correct in voting against this holiday change whereas Walter Steed, Art Bettge, John Weber, Kathryn Bonzo and Gina Taruscio were wrong. The parades and festivities that take place on Columbus Day are often a broader recognition of Italian-American culture.
"This land that all of us inhabit is stolen land - stolen from the indigenous people who were slaughtered and forced onto reservations", Assemblyman Charles Barron told The Post, adding "they should be recognized in replace of Columbus Day".
"On behalf of the Italian community, we want to celebrate with you".
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