February 19, 2018

Former city councilor says event honors Italian-Americans

10 October 2017, 12:26 | Ken Black

Letter: Columbus Day should be a national holiday

Editorial: Statues Of Limitations

"Years ago, people thought he discovered America and was this great hero".

At the end of the 1800s, Italians began to link themselves more with Columbus.

Americans in general had a positive view of Columbus.

A movement to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day has gained momentum in some parts of the USA, with Los Angeles in August becoming the biggest city yet to decide to stop celebrating the explorer and instead recognize victims of colonialism. A few cities, like Salt Lake City and Los Angeles, have chose to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day.

The annual celebration comes as de Blasio has called for a review of statues, plaques and landmarks around the city - including those that honor Columbus.

Berkeley, Calif, was the first in the nation to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in 1992, and Santa Cruz, Calif., followed shortly after.

People holding signs and chanting said the holiday and statue represents oppression for Native Americans.

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

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".

In Southington, the Knights of Columbus says the monument has been in the works for year- well before the current debate.

The movement to ban or replace Columbus Day has been growing on university campuses in recent decades. "We don't do that for St. Patrick's Day, so leave us Italians alone".

While he admits Columbus had his flaws, he does not think it undermines his accomplishments.

Wilmington Selectman Kevin Caira, a member of the Wilmington Sons of Italy, said some people are trying to rewrite history. They saw Columbus as someone to be celebrated as a symbol of their immigrant roots.

In the Tulsa area alone, Henry added, there have been people for more than 10,000 years.

President Trump apparently disagreed with Obama's contention that it is a history we must recognize.

Columbus Day parades are also caught up in the winds of change.

He said: 'The conversation is Columbus. "The name Columbus doesn't really play a role in what we do", he said.

The event is celebrated in many parts of the world.

On the other hand, several cities have rejected proposals for them to proclaim Indigenous Peoples Day, including Cincinnati, Ohio, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Roosevelt proclaimed Columbus Day a national holiday in 1937.

The Marist Poll surveyed 1,224 adults September 11-13, funded in partnership with the Knights of Columbus.

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