Lawmaker takes first step to remove Columbus Day in NYC

Lawmaker takes first step to remove Columbus Day in NYC

The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France, the Columbus memorial was funded by countless small gifts from Italian newcomers and their families.

One sculpture in New York City was splashed with red paint and the phrase, "hate will not be tolerated". At the time, Columbus served as a canvas for 19th-century ideas of individualism, Lane explained, a man of science who bucked authority as he ventured forth into the unknown.

Historians in recent years have reassessed Columbus and the general depiction of him as a heroic figure. If not, then both Christopher Columbus and the Native Americans would fall short of our present measures.

Since its inception, Indigenous Peoples' Day has helped to foster feelings of solidarity, dignity, acceptance and healing between the local Native and non-Native communities, according to Hallie Frazer, a board member on Berkeley's Indigenous Peoples' Day Committee and a descendant of the Quechua Nation of Peru. "It is a history that we must recognize as we seek to build a brighter future - side by side and with cooperation and mutual respect". Several other major cities such as Phoenix and Seattle also celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day. Thirteen years later, in 1990, the First Continental Conference on 500 Years of Indian Resistance in Ecuador passed a resolution changing Columbus Day into a celebration of Native Americans.

However, many have said Columbus' discovery of America is a misconception in the country's history.

Gonzales says many Native American groups use the day to celebrate indigenous people and their contributions to society.

"Revision is not the same as lying, which people think it is", Grossman said.




"This land that all of us inhabit is stolen land - stolen from the indigenous people who were slaughtered and forced onto reservations", Assemblyman Charles Barron told The Post, adding "they should be recognized in replace of Columbus Day".

She proposed it for November during Native American Heritage Month. "And let's learn from history, the good the bad and the ugly".

Minnesota, Alaska, and Vermont all celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day.

"You still have to deal with Columbus", he said.

"That statue of Christopher Columbus stands here today as a testament to our immigrant tradition, and Italian-American tradition", state Sen. New plaques could put the brutal parts of Columbus' story in daylight for all to see.

Monuments to the explorer are also in the cross hairs.

"There are a lot of inaccuracies in our history", Green said.

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