Monday’s federal holiday dedicated to Christopher Columbus highlights the ongoing divide between those who see the Explorer as a representative of Italian-American history and fear an annual tribute to others who ignore the natives. There are those whose lives and culture were forever changed by the colonies.
Inspired by national demands for racial equality, communities across the United States have taken a closer look at Columbus’ legacy in recent years – pairing or replacing it. Local People’s Day..
On Friday, President Joe Biden issued his first presidential announcement. “Indigenous people.The day is still the most significant increase in efforts to focus on the federal holiday celebrating Columbus.
But activists, including members of Native American tribes, say the end of Columbus’s formal holiday has prevented politicians and organizations from focusing on Italian-American heritage.
“The opposition has tried to paint Columbus as a good man, just as the white supremacists have painted Robert E. Lee.” Lace bag, Dean Nation Member and Co-Founder. Indigenous people.The Illinois Day Coalition cited the General of the Civil War who led the Confederate Army.
The arrival of Columbus marked the beginning of centuries of search and colonization by European nations, which brought violence, disease, and other suffering to the natives of the Western Hemisphere.
Tensions have been running high across the country since the early 1990s during the two holidays. Debates over monuments and statues of the Italian explorer are similar to those in Philadelphia, where the city placed a box on a Columbus statue last year in the wake of the murder of black George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer. Protesters against racial injustice and police brutality against people of color rallied for months in the summer of 2020.
Philadelphia lawyer George Buschito, who is fighting the administration of Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney for exposing the statue, said Saturday that many felt the removal was an attack on Italian-American heritage.
Kenny had previously signed an executive order that changed the city’s annual year. Columbus Day Holiday Local People’s Day.. Monday will be the city’s first holiday under the new name.
“We have a mayor who is doing everything he can to attack the Italian-American community, including canceling his parade, removing the statues, Columbus Day Holiday Local People’s Day. Through Fiat, “said Buchito.
Kenny’s spokesman Kevin Lessard said the statue should be placed “in the best interests and public safety of all Philadelphians.”
In 2016, Lincoln, Nebraska, joined other cities. Indigenous people.Calendar day on the same date. Columbus Day. Monday’s events will focus on new additions, including the unveiling of a statue in honor of former Native American physician Dr. Susan LaFlash Pakota.
Some feel that the day of division causes more damage. Activists have planned a small protest outside the Robert V. Danny Federal Building, calling for a complete end to the Columbus holiday at all levels of government.
“It’s clearly ridiculous for the honor. Swadeshi People and the man who tortured and killed his ancestors. “As far as we are concerned, we will continue to protest until then. Columbus Day Has been deleted. ”
In New York City, the annual Columbus Day Parade returns a year later, due to a person’s absence from the corona virus epidemic. Some call the parade the largest in the world. Columbus Day Celebration.
In May, Italian-American workers complained that the Board of Education had removed Christopher. Columbus Day From the New York City school calendar, its place “Swadeshi Public day “After the uproar, schools renamed:” Italian Heritage Day /Swadeshi Public day ”
Mayor Bill de Blasio said he supported the agreement.
“We have to celebrate this day as a day to recognize the contribution of all Italian Americans, so of course this day should not have been changed arbitrarily,” de Blasio said.
Chicago Annual. Columbus Day The parade also returns on Monday when an epidemic forced the cancellation of a 2020 event that drew 20,000 people. This is a clear reminder of the ongoing battle over the three statues of Columbus, which were kept in warehouses by the city even after protesters were targeted in the summer of 2020.
In July 2020, Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered the removal of the statues, saying the protests were endangering protesters and police.
He later formed a committee to review the city’s monuments, including the fate of the Columbus Monuments. No plans have been made public, but the plan is drawn up by a joint Italian-American civic committee. Columbus Day This summer, the parade sued the city’s Park District, demanding its reinstatement.
Ron Honesty, the organisation’s president, said the parade usually draws protesters, and is expected to continue on Monday. He sees the holiday, the parade and the statues as a celebration of Italian-American participation in the United States, not just Columbus.
“The result I’m looking for is to respect our traditions and keep the dialogue going,” Honesty said Saturday. Every plaque that accompanies the statue says it recognizes the Italian community’s contribution. So people need to understand why it’s there, and then let’s sit down and figure out where to go.
In 2020, Chicago Public Schools voted to change. Columbus Day with Local People’s Day., Provoking outrage from several aldermen and Italian-American groups. The city’s holiday calendar is still listed. Columbus Day.
Begging, Local People’s Day. The organization has decided to focus on change, the lawyer said. Columbus Day First in Coke County, hopefully this will be an easier way than convincing state or Chicago officials. But so far, county board members have not lined up behind the proposal.
“Why are 500 plus years still forgotten?” Begging Said. “Why don’t we have a day to recognize these horrific atrocities against the local people?”