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Columbus Day

Columbus Day Abolished

Columbus Day should be abolished and replaced by Indigenous Peoples Day permanently. It was a cruel murderer, not a man of kindness, who was Columbus. The way he treated others was very harsh. A killer should not be celebrated. The culture of Indigenous people should be celebrated.

Columbus Day should be abolished and replaced by Indigenous Peoples Day permanently. Columbus forced his army to kill and hurt Native Americans in order to take their land and gold. A force was sent by Columbus to “spread terror among the Indians to illustrate what a strong and powerful force the Christians were,” according to the Spanish priest Bartolomedelas Casas. After killing lots of Native Americans, he declared that he had discovered America. He did not tell the truth.

Columbus Day should be abolished and replaced by Indigenous Peoples Day permanently. Others were treated very harshly by him. Native Americans welcomed Columbus and his people with gifts when they arrived in America. Some Native Americans were taken by force so he could find out where the gold was. Columbus wrote in his own writing, “They would make fine servants.”. We could subjugate them and make them do whatever we want with fifty men. All he wanted were slaves and gold.

In place of Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples Day should be celebrated. A killer ought not to be celebrated. The culture of Indigenous people should be celebrated. Over 500 years of persecution plagued indigenous cultures. They continue to be persecuted even today. It would become far more known in the world if we celebrated their culture.

A dancer prepares for last year’s Gathering of Nations powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is also home to the new Indigenous Peoples’ Day state holiday. Russell Contreras/The Associated Press

Derrick J. Lente learned the same Christopher Columbus stories from his parents and grandparents as he grew up on the Sandia Pueblo Reservation.

“I was taught he discovered my ancestors, no matter how far away from the ocean we are,” said Lente, 40. Land near Albuquerque has been cultivated by the Sandia people since 1300 B.C. Their lineage can be traced back to the Aztec civilization.

“Christopher Columbus didn’t find us,” he said. “We have our own creation stories, our own language, our own history.”

Later, Lante learned the Italian explorer, who had set out to find a commerce route to Asia, had landed in the Bahamas in October 1492 and never went anywhere near what would become the United States. The author concluded that Columbus committed genocide, rape, pillage, and death and that he tried to extinguish a large Native American population.

As a second-term Democrat in a state where almost ten percent of residents are American Indian, Lente fought back attempts to rename Columbus Day New Mexico Day or Friendship Day.

Native American dancers, speakers, artwork, and food will be featured at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque when Indigenous Peoples’ Day is celebrated as a state holiday.

The new holiday doesn’t sit well with Republican state senator William E. Sharer, who opposes it. All Americans.”

He has no problem with creating Indigenous Peoples’ Day in a state with 23 tribes and pueblos, but scrapping Columbus? “There’s no reason to turn it into an anti-American holiday,” Sharer said.

“Columbus was the first step to creating the American idea,” Sharer said. “The way it’s brought up, Columbus was evil, a rapist and a murderer who enslaved people, and everything that comes after should be destroyed.”

The debate over the holiday has split more statehouses this year, growing heated as it touches on immigration, race and equality at a time when those issues increasingly divide the country.

Maine and Vermont also will observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day for the first time this year after they passed similar bills. (States vary on whether and where to put the apostrophe in “Peoples.”)


Smithsonian to Rural Regions: Your Wealth Is in Your Culture

Efforts to rename Columbus Day failed this year in several legislatures, including Colorado, the first state to adopt the holiday in 1907, Kansas, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Montana. Columbus Day, observed on the second Monday in October, remains a federal holiday.

In the 1970s, critics charged Columbus’ brutality toward native peoples in the New World – including slavery and forced conversion to Catholicism – made a holiday in his honor inappropriate at best.

The advocates for and against Columbus take strong positions. David E. Stannard, author of “American Holocaust: Columbus and the Conquest of the New World,” argues that wherever Europeans and whites went, native peoples suffered from imported plagues and atrocities leading to the annihilation of 95% of their populations.

Those opposed to the renaming of the day claim that it diminishes the role played by Italian Americans and other immigrants in creating American society.

“Columbus is an icon of Italy. The Sons of Italy Commission for Social Justice and New York Grand Lodge president Robert Ferrito affectionately dubbed him “our hero.”

Demonizing Columbus is a horrible thing, Ferrito pointed out. Political correctness is part of this.

The attitudes of different generations seem to differ. According to a new poll, 70% of college students support replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Despite this, a Rasmussen Reports poll from 2017 found that 58% of adults support keeping Columbus Day.

During his expeditions, Columbus did take natives back to Spain as slaves, and he attempted to Christianize everyone he encountered, said Kris Lane at Tulane University, an expert on colonial Latin American history.

Native Americans have not been impacted positively by Columbus, Lane said. He added that while Columbus tried to exterminate the native population, no historical proof supports that claim.

“The indigenous side and the Italian American side attach great significance and emotional weight to Columbus as an individual,” said Lane, who supports abolishing the holiday. It’s a genuine emotion, and shouldn’t be taken lightly.”

State Actions

It was South Dakota that renamed Columbus Day Native America’s Day for the first time, in 1990. On Indigenous Peoples Day in 2017, Alaska was second. In addition to New Mexico, Maine, and Vermont, three other states adopted the law this year. This week, Washington renamed the holiday, pending approval by Congress.

Besides changing the name through legislation, some governors have changed it tAs a result of an executive order signed this week by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, Wisconsin ditchMinnesota’s former governor, Mark Dayton, who is a Democrat, signed the bill as wellocrat, in 2016 also signed an executive order. And Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed one last year. Governors’ proclamations must be renewed each year.

In Michigan, state Sen. Jeff Irwin, a Democrat, introduced similar legislation this week.

In 2017, Oregon began celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day, a holiday that doesn’t celebrate Columbus Day.

According to The New York Times, more than one hundred cities, counties and universities have renamed the holiday.

Hawaii dedicated Discoverers’ Day to recognizing Polynesian discoverers of the Hawaiian Islands in 1988 by passing legislation.

Gov. Kevin Stitt – one of Oklahoma’s only Native American-enrolled governors – signed a bill into law in April that moved Native American Day from November to Columbus Day, the second Monday in October. During last year’s election campaign, then-Gov. Mary Fallin, another Republican, has vetoed a draft similar to this.

As reported by the Associated Press, Fallin said that combined holidays could be viewed as an intentional effort to diminish Native American Heritage Month in November. However, many Native Americans were offended by her actions, which they said were insensitive.



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