More cities nix Columbus Day in favor of ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’

For the past 81 years, Americans have celebrated the second Monday of October as Columbus Day, but today if you happen to live in one of the growing list of cities run by far-left loons, you’ll be celebrating “Indigenous Peoples Day,” instead.

At least nine city governments have made that decision, including Albuquerque, New Mexico, Anadarko, Oklahoma, Portland, Oregon, St. Paul, Minnesota and Olympia, Washington, The Associated Press reported.

Encouraged by city council votes in Minneapolis and Seattle last year, Native American activists made a push in dozens of cities in recent months to get local leaders to officially recognize the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day. Their success was mixed.

The campaigns say the federal holiday honoring Christopher Columbus — and the parades and pageantry accompanying it — overlook a painful history of colonialism, enslavement, discrimination and land grabs that followed the Italian explorer’s 1492 arrival in the Americas. The indigenous holiday takes into account the history and contributions of Native Americans for a more accurate historical record, activists have argued.

 

Both the day and the controversy were noted on social media.

So what’s the problem with Columbus Day? Its detractors say Columbus was looking for a westward route to India and found America instead. It was already occupied by an indigenous race of people, which they say Columbus and his men killed indiscriminately. This tweet pretty much represents that feeling.

But “Holistic Life” was quickly shot down.

And then, there was this observation.

One more point: The world of 1492 was vastly different than the one of 2015. Life was hard, life was brutal and life was savage. That was just as true for men like Columbus as it was for native Americans.

Watch a discussion of the controversy via Fox5 New York.

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