Monday Is Indigenous People's Day-Here's How You Can Celebrate

Monday Is Indigenous People's Day-Here's How You Can Celebrate

Monday Is Indigenous People's Day-Here's How You Can Celebrate

A statue of Christopher Columbus was covered up Monday just as the first Indigenous Peoples Day in Los Angeles got underway. "That initiated a conversation".

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. Some Columbus statues have been vandalized and destroyed over the years.

He believes changing the name to Indigenous Peoples Day takes the focus from Columbus, and instead celebrates Native American culture and the struggles they have endured.

"Columbus was controversial and he had his dark side, as many figures in history, but taking the statue down will cause a lot of division", Albanese said.

Some Americans (12 percent) remained "unsure", while only 3 percent said they had never heard of Columbus.

However, many have said Columbus' discovery of America is a misconception in the country's history. "But people agreed to ignore that in order to select somebody who could be a founding father, who represented enough good things we could agree on".

Sal Albanese, who lost to de Blasio in the Democratic primary, didn't come to the defense of Columbus but said the statue should stay. They say no one spoke out against it at that time.

"By that logic, it was wrong to have taken down the "White Only" signs over water fountains and restrooms all over the South".

On a municipal level, celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day is a shift adopted in some parts of the country. In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated October 12 as the national holiday called Columbus Day.

Among the communities to have officially gone to Indigenous Peoples Day as of a year ago are East Lansing and Ann Arbor. That's according to James Grossman, executive director of the American Historical Association.

"Therefore, 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", Trump said.

Obama also mentioned Native Americans in 2014, proclaiming, "we also recognize the suffering inflicted upon Native Americans and we recommit to strengthening tribal sovereignty and maintaining our strong ties". "And let's learn from history, the good the bad and the ugly". Three states - Alaska, Minnesota and Vermont - have changed the holiday. "But the idea of reckoning, commemoration as reckoning as opposed to celebration is distinct". One of them was Los Angeles.

"That statue of Christopher Columbus stands here today as a testament to our immigrant tradition, and Italian-American tradition", state Sen.

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