Some US communities split over celebration of Columbus Day

Some US communities split over celebration of Columbus Day

Some US communities split over celebration of Columbus Day

In New York City, where 35,000 people will march in Monday's Columbus Day parade, vandals recently doused a Columbus statue in red paint.

"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. He witnessed the harming of thousands of Native Americans.

Barron described Columbus as a "colonizer" who "enslaved Africans and slaughtered indigenous people".

"As we mark this rich history, we must also acknowledge the pain and suffering reflected in the stories of Native Americans who had long resided on this land prior to the arrival of European newcomers", which included "violence, deprivation, and disease", Obama wrote previous year. "And while we can't change the past, we can acknowledge and make that history right today".

Several cities, including Seattle, Washington; Albuquerque, New Mexico; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Phoenix, Arizona, are among those celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day. The Bahamas, where Columbus landed, called it Discovery Day.

In some areas, Columbus Day simply doesn't hold as much meaning for the populace. That's according to James Grossman, executive director of the American Historical Association.

Frank Ciardi is the president of the Italian American Community Center in Rochester and said the move to change the holiday is counterproductive.

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"Revisionism happens when we find new information or ask new questions, when you come up with a different narrative".

Speaking about the same, Leo Killsback, a professor of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University, said, "Columbus Day is not just a holiday, it represents the violent history of colonization in the Western hemisphere", History.com reported.

He noted that October is also Italian American month. Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, and South Dakota do not officially mark Columbus Day. "But the idea of reckoning, commemoration as reckoning as opposed to celebration is distinct".

"We gather during a teachable moment to discuss the ongoing impacts of that legacy and to commit ourselves to reversing them", the group said.

Despite the anti-immigrant sentiment at the time, Italians during the 19 century sought to place a Christopher Columbus monument as memorial to their fellow countrymen. New plaques could put the brutal parts of Columbus' story in daylight for all to see.

Wilmington Selectman Kevin Caira, a member of the Wilmington Sons of Italy, said some people are trying to rewrite history.

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