Christopher Columbus statue in Near West Side park defaced ahead of holiday

Editorial: Statues Of Limitations

Editorial: Statues Of Limitations

It first began as a counter-celebration to the Columbus Day, which celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492.

"Not only did Columbus not discover America, some historians say he never even stepped foot on American soil", Barron said.

And if doing so brings enough dishonor, Blackmon said, it's OK to stop celebrating them.

Columbus Day is celebrated not only by the United States, but also Spain, which supported the Columbus expedition, Italy, Colombia (named for Christopher Columbus), several other South American nations, and some Caribbean islands. But in 2016 Denver's council unanimously approved a proposal to designate the same day as Indigenous Peoples Day.

Two additional states, Iowa and Nevada, do not celebrate it as an official holiday, but the respective governors are authorized and requested by statute to proclaim the day each year.

More than 3,000 people RSVP'ed for the Indigenous Peoples Day event on the group's Facebook page, but an organizer pointed out that many of them are not local.

"Should we honor Christopher Columbus or should we honor the indigenous people".

Gonzales says Columbus Day marks the beginning of a period of time in the calendar year that can be painful for and insensitive toward native communities.

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A Christopher Columbus statue was vandalized in a Chicago park just before the holiday in his honor.

In his proclamation recognizing the USA holiday on october 9, Trump said, "on Columbus Day, we honor the skilled navigator and man of faith, whose courageous feat brought together continents and has inspired countless others to pursue their dreams and convictions-even in the face of extreme doubt and tremendous adversity".

Hunter Sagaskie, a Native American Programs peer adviser, also thinks the national holiday is inappropriate.

It has been tradition for years to celebrate their nationality on Columbus Day, stressed Tony Ippolito.

Los Angeles Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, a member of the Wyandotte Native American tribe, said historical accuracy is important.

Place a statue of an indigenous woman holding her child at Columbus Circle in New York City, he said, reminding viewers of the those Columbus encountered and enslaved.

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

As an Italian-American and as a NY state legislator, I will staunchly speak out against those who aim to remove a statue of the man who represents our heritage.

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