Friday, 25 May, 2018

Protesters: Columbus Day a celebration of genocide

Does Christopher Columbus Really Deserve A Holiday? Trump's Columbus Day proclamation makes no mention of Native Americans
Ellis Copeland | 09 October, 2017, 03:39

A growing number of communities now are ditching the traditional Columbus Day holiday in favor of Indigenous People's Day, which, supporters say, is meant to promote an accurate telling of the United States' history and commemorate the resilience of its original inhabitants against European settlers.

The lone "no" vote came from a councilman who called it a "slap in the face" to Italian-Americans.

A Christopher Columbus statue was vandalized in a Chicago park just before the holiday in his honor. Austin, Texas, followed suit last week.

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 symbolizes the genocide of nearly an entire race of people and I think its time people stand up against him", said Owen McGaff, a Plains Indian to ABC News.

"We had a very hard time in this country for well over a hundred years, Basil Russo, president of the Order of Italian Sons and Daughters of America, said".

Harvey Weinstein officially begins leave of absence; board vows 'thorough' investigation
She previously has represented victims of sexual harassment and assault and her work with Weinstein drew fierce criticism online. As the New York Times noted, Harvey Weinstein did not sign the four board members' statement and refused to give comments .


Mike Pence leaves football game after players kneel during national anthem
President Donald Trump has criticized players sharply for the protests and pressed the National Football League to ban them. After having players kneel last week, both the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills all stood for the anthem before their games.


Michigan State breaks the Big House's heart again
Lewerke threw for 94 yards on 11-for-22 passing, but he led MSU with 61 rushing yards and had one of its two TDs. Michigan State ran the ball well in the first half, gaining 112 yards on the top rushing defense in the nation.


The group is meeting Tuesday for the first time and it may debate the fate of statues like the Columbus Circle one.

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

Indigenous people will finally get their day - and Christopher Columbus will lose his - in Los Angeles County, which approved a new holiday to honor the people dishonored by the old holiday.

South Dakota began celebrating Native American Day on the second Monday of October in 1990.

Many places that have adopted Indigenous Peoples' Day since then, including Alaska, have sizable Indigenous populations.

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