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Columbus Day? In More than 50 Cities, It's Indigenous Peoples Day

Columbus Day? In More than 50 Cities, It's Indigenous Peoples Day

Many cities and a few states across the country have chosen to recognize the holiday as Indigenous Peoples Day instead, honoring the tribes that lived on this land before Christopher Columbus arrived.

Critics have denounced Columbus Day for years, but recent racial tension has intensified the debate over Christopher Columbus and the Spanish colonization that followed his four voyages to the New World beginning in 1492.

"Not only did Columbus not discover America, some historians say he never even stepped foot on American soil", Barron said. If not, then both Christopher Columbus and the Native Americans would fall short of our present measures.

Columbus' landing in Hispaniola (modern day Haiti and the Dominican Republic) wiped out the native Taino people with disease and slavery.

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". This, after several years of stopgap measures to institute a Indigenous Peoples Day in the past.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed Columbus Day a federal holiday in 1937 following a lobbying campaign by the Knights of Columbus.

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In some areas, Columbus Day simply doesn't hold as much meaning for the populace. The city also designated October 12 Italian American Heritage Day.

"Revision is not the same as lying, which people think it is", Grossman said. In the wake of this summer's controversy over monuments to the Confederacy and Confederate soldiers, supporters of Indigenous People's Day say they aren't trying to rewrite history. "And let's learn from history, the good the bad and the ugly".

States like Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, South Dakota, and Vermont do not recognize Columbus Day at all; however, Hawaii and South Dakota mark the day with an alternative holiday. "But the idea of reckoning, commemoration as reckoning as opposed to celebration is distinct". More than three-quarters (76 percent) said historical figures should be judged by the standards of their own time, while less than one-in-five (16 percent) said they should be judged by today's standards.

Christopher Columbus' legendary linking of the Old World to the New is embedded into the fabric of the US, with schools, businesses, cities, rivers and more named after him. New plaques could put the brutal parts of Columbus' story in daylight for all to see.

"There are a lot of inaccuracies in our history", Green said.