As Confederate statues come down, what about Columbus?

A statue of Christopher Columbus at Palos de la Frontera in Huelva

"Well it means everything because actually if it wasn't for Columbus we wouldn't be here, so it's fundamental to us and for the next generation to celebrate this holiday and keep it a holiday in this country", said Gennaro Sevino, a member of the Sons of Italy Valley Regional Lodge in Derby.

To try to take it away, I m sorry, but they re climbing up the wrong tree, George Iannuzzo, co-founder and past president of the Tewksbury Sons of Italy, said of calls to replace Columbus Day.

Native American leaders in the United States - who say the Western world was already populated with native tribes by the time of Columbus' arrival - have been leading a movement to supplant Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, or at least make the day a shared holiday.

King said he also was comfortable with the establishment of Native American Day in Tulsa.

Columbus Day parades are also caught up in the winds of change. In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed Columbus Day a federal holiday after intense lobbying by a Catholic service organization consisting largely of Italian Americans, the Los Angeles Times reported.

It might be a three-day weekend for some people, but before you take the day off from work or go to the bank or other business, check first.

They're told that Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas, leading to colonies on this side of the pond. "I don't know if that's a reason to have a school holiday, exactly, but it's definitely worth remembering".

Historians now see Columbus, who made four voyages across the ocean blue starting in 1492, as the starting point for European colonization.

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

For most of us then, Columbus Day is just another Monday. "We do this because our history book erase such history". Berkley, California, became one of the first cites in 1992 to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day. But while more and more cities are adopting a change to Indigenous People's day, not everyone likes dumping Columbus. Meanwhile, op-eds and letters to the editor register Indigenous people's objections to Columbus as worthy of commemoration.

"As we reflect on the adventurers throughout history who charted new courses and sought new heights, let us remember the communities who suffered, and let us pay tribute to our heritage and embrace the multiculturalism that defines the American experience".

Parade spectator Rose Bove, 57, is adamantly against changing the name of the day or taking down the statue.



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