There doesn't need to be a choice between a holiday celebrating Christopher Columbus or indigenous people, says Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
This debate over Columbus Day continues as many fought this summer over the toppling of Robert E. Lee statues and other historical figures. When the witness confronted them, the suspects tried to ride away on bicycles. "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". I have no problem with a day recognizing Native American people.
Columbus' landing in Hispaniola (modern day Haiti and the Dominican Republic) wiped out the native Taino people with disease and slavery.
Russo said Italian-Americans have as much right to celebrate their heritage as groups like American Indians have to protest Columbus Day.
Police have stepped up security after two Christopher Columbus statues were vandalized with red paint in CT.
Berkeley, Calif, was the first in the nation to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in 1992, and Santa Cruz, Calif., followed shortly after.
The second Monday of October is recognized as Indigenous Peoples Day in Mount Pleasant, however, in other cities throughout the US, it is still celebrated as Columbus Day.
Several states, including Texas and California, do not recognize Columbus Day as a paid holiday for its government employees.
"The one argument that has absolutely no validity is that simply because a monument has been standing for a long time, it is "a part of history" and therefore can never be changed", he said. Indigenous people had been living there for centuries by the time Columbus arrived in 1492.
"We gather during a teachable moment to discuss the ongoing impacts of that legacy and to commit ourselves to reversing them", the group said.
Wilmington Selectman Kevin Caira, a member of the Wilmington Sons of Italy, said some people are trying to rewrite history. Some of his defenders have noted his importance to Italian heritage, while others have decried what they see as overreaching by activists trying to erase history.