Christopher Columbus Statue Covered On LA's First Indigenous Peoples Day

Columbus statue in Columbus Circle gets 24-hour NYPD detail

Christopher Columbus should have a national holiday, but it is our decision whether we celebrate him.

We have a tendency to measure historical figures relative to our present perspectives, but we need to understand them as products of their historical times. When the witness confronted them, the suspects tried to ride away on bicycles.

Americans in general had a positive view of Columbus. "We do this because our history books erase such history".

Later Monday morning, the local Knights of Columbus chapter will unveil a statute of Christopher Columbus that they say has been planned for at least 3 years. But in 2016 Denver's council unanimously approved a proposal to designate the same day as Indigenous Peoples Day.

So the Council should recognize Columbus Day and choose another day for the new holiday, perhaps the day before or after Columbus Day. In Portland, Oregon, school board officials chose to supplement Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day.

City officials did not say they were going to cover up the statue, but Christopher Columbus monuments in other cities like NY have been defaced.

Trump said the holiday "represents the rich history of important Italian American contributions to our great Nation", and noted "There can be no doubt that American culture, business, and civic life would all be much less vibrant in the absence of the Italian American community".




Accusations by some historians that the Italian explorer opened the Americas to enslavement, genocide and "cultural destruction" have led some US cities to cancel local Columbus Day parades and other commemorations and rename the holiday Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Minnesota, Alaska, and Vermont all celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day. However, "one tumbled off his bike and was held by the witness until Monroe District police officers got there and placed the 30-year-old under arrest, police said".

Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed a special commission to review all statues on city property that may be offensive, including the statue of Columbus in Columbus Circle.

Monuments to the explorer are also in the cross hairs.

Wilmington Selectman Kevin Caira, a member of the Wilmington Sons of Italy, said some people are trying to rewrite history.

"Hopefully (it) will begin to ease some of that pain and give the recognition to the indigenous people that they deserve", L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn said after the vote, which also set aside October 12 as Italian Heritage Day.

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