Monday, October 12, 2015

Instead of Columbus Day, some U.S. cities celebrate Indigenous People's Day

October, 13, 2014.
Emanuella Grinberg, of CNN, has written an informative and thoughtful article about the recognition of the second Monday in October at Indigenous People's Day in certain cities and states. The purpose behind this decision is to "shift the holiday's focus from Christopher Columbus to the people he encountered in the New World and their modern-day descendants."

"The Italian explorer and his namesake holiday have long been controversial. Despite what American schoolchildren may have learned about when "Columbus sailed the ocean blue," supporters of Indigenous People's Day believe Columbus should not be celebrated for "discovering" America. Indigenous people had been living in the "New World" for centuries by the time he arrived, and his voyages established lasting connections between Europe and Americans that paved the way for its colonization, leading to the subjugation and decimation of the indigenous population."

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