Taking Back Columbus Day
Ok, so technically Columbus Day is over. But in the early hours of the new day, I still think it’s fair game to post…
Despite the fact that Christopher Columbus sailed for Spanish interests, many Italian Americans in New York consider Columbus Day a celebration of heritage. For Native Americans however, the holiday is time to remember what was lost.
Before I headed back uptown, I checked out this poster:
Colorado was the first U.S. state to acknowledge Columbus Day as a statutory holiday and now, it is home to a strong movement of people who want to have it abolished. The poster was actually a part of a much larger mural that spelled out Indigenous Peoples Day. “ We need to reframe how we think about the day,” says Hailey Haire, vice president of Columbia University’s Native American Council. To help reclaim the day of ‘discovery’ I copped a red ribbon of remembrance just like hers:
To find out more info, or to sign a petition that supports both changing the name and the racist ideology behind the holiday log on to: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/abolish-columbus-day-as-a-national-holiday/
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