The history behind Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day

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"For these reasons, and to correct the terribly misguided history written against us, we will no longer acknowledge Columbus Day".

In recent years, some cities have either dumped Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous People's Day, or have marked both occasions on the second Monday of October.

The 73rd annual Columbus Day parade will make its way up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan Monday, but activists say they plan to interrupt the parade with a demonstration, saying Columbus does not deserve the honor.

However, not everyone in Utah is happy about it.

The almost 70-foot granite column and statue of Christopher Columbus in NY is part of a heated debate. So what's behind the seemingly sudden desire on the part of so many cities to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day?

President Donald Trump's Columbus Day message is a little different from that of his predecessor, with the Republican opting to leave out any mention of Native Americans. There is now a growing movement to reclaim the day in honor of indigenous people and their unique cultures and contributions. When native populations were all but extinct from disease, the trans-Atlantic African slave trade was ramped up to fill this slavery void. Even though we don't go all out as a country to honor Columbus on Columbus Day, it's wrong for a mass murderer to receive a federal holiday.

States like Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, South Dakota, and Vermont do not recognize Columbus Day at all; however, Hawaii and South Dakota mark the day with an alternative holiday.

The first Columbus Day celebration in the US took place in 1792, when a group of leaders in NY held an event to commemorate the 300 anniversary of the explorer's historic landing.

With that in mind, picture yourself in that sailor's place - you are going on a ship, that you think is sailing to India, but you are not really sure because people still think the Earth is flat and lying on the back of a turtle.

Chief among them were requests for the statue of a certain controversial Italian explorer.

It is true that the conquest of the Americas by Europeans, which starts with Columbus, was very ugly, and involved a lot of violence.

"After Columbus, came millions of European immigrants who brought their art, music, science, medicine, philosophy and religious principles to America", according to the organization.

The West has its good and bad points, but its best ideas-equal rights, freedom of religion, free speech, due process, open scientific inquiry, property rights and so on-have helped all people who adopt them.

"We need to get rid of Columbus Day, period", she added. Many people attend this parade, but the majority are Italian-Americans. I have no problem with a day recognizing Native American people.

Folks, before I begin my usual rant, can I just say that I love Columbus Day?

Los Angeles is set to make the switch in 2019, the biggest city to do so thus far.

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