At a press conference, Supervisor Joseph Saladino called on "radical mayors" to send Columbus statues to Massapequa, "home to one of the largest Italian-American populations in the nation", in order to protect "the legacy of this great Italian explorer, navigator and colonizer", because "most of us are exhausted of those trying to rewrite history". It became a federal holiday in 1971, honored annually on the second Monday in October. Among them: a handful of universities and a couple states, such as Vermont and Alaska. He called upon the people of this country to celebrate the day with ceremonies and activities.
Let's do both, Cuomo said Monday as kicked off another march in Manhattan's Columbus Day Parade.
Gonzales says Columbus Day marks the beginning of a period of time in the calendar year that can be painful for and insensitive toward native communities. "This is about understanding that for centuries, America's ancestors oppressed certain groups of people".
He said, "The permanent arrival of Europeans. was a transformative event that undeniably and fundamentally changed the course of human history and set the stage for the development of our great nation". No other cities followed suit for a couple decades. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared Columbus Day to be a national holiday in 1937.
The momentum, however, did not gain traction in some areas. Lead organizer Mahtowin Munro said that replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day is the first step in "recognizing the genocide of millions of indigenous people and Columbus stealing their lands". He witnessed the harming of thousands of Native Americans.
"There is a tremendous amount of ignorance and arrogance about our history", Jones told the paper. He landed on a Bahamian island he named San Salvador, discovering an entire landmass that had been unknown to Europeans, on October 12, 1492.
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In some areas, Columbus Day simply doesn't hold as much meaning for the populace. During four trips that started in 1492, Columbus arrived on the Caribbean islands now known as the Bahamas.
Lane and Grossman also preferred altering monuments over removing them, whenever possible.
Myself an Italian-American, I've always found it odd that so many other Italians look to Columbus as the standard bearer of Italian pride.
Christopher Columbus, oftentimes accredited with "discovering America" by residents of the Americas, isn't viewed in the same light by native peoples of the Americas. While many Italian-Americans observe Columbus Day as a celebration of their heritage, it is not widely celebrated by others. One is the man it honors, and how he treated the native Americans he encountered in the new world.
People celebrate Columbus Day in New York City Oct. 10, 2016.
A vast majority of Americans support celebrating a holiday honoring Christopher Columbus, according to a poll released this week.