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09 Octubre 2017, 06:09 | Crisanna Felipe
Christopher Columbus should have a national holiday, but it is our decision whether we celebrate him.
If you ask a New Yorker which monuments symbolize an immigrants introduction to this country, they'll quickly note two famous statues: the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, and the statue of Columbus atop the landmark circle that bears his name. He's set to walk in the Columbus Day parade Monday, but was noticeably absent from the Columbus Dayparade in the Bronx on Sunday because the mayor was not invited, CBS2's Janelle Burrell reported. This year, it falls on Monday, October 9, 2017.
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"The implementation of Indigenous Peoples' Day has created feelings of pride, heritage and education about what truly happened (because of) Columbus", Frazer said.
Mostpeople who grew up and went to school in the United States remember the brief history lesson from their teachers on how America was discovered. In fact, Columbus's earliest critics were the same white supremacists preying on our nation today, who loathed the idea that a non-Anglo-Saxon Catholic could be an American icon. Zinn's writings present the view of history based on the struggles of the "oppressed peoples" - Native Americans, slaves, unionists, women and African-Americans. That was hundreds and hundreds of years ago. But there is no reason to not recognize Christopher Columbus.
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Columbus Day commemorates the arrival of Columbus in the New World in 1492. "Columbus is routinely vilified as a symbol of slavery and genocide", continues Berliner.
The Indigenous Peoples' Day became a part of the movement that recognized the atrocities of Columbus while stressing and celebrating the contributions made by the Natives.
The group planned to rally at the Park Street MBTA station in Boston over Columbus Day weekend, and then march to the Christopher Columbus statue. They, along with Orono, Starks and Brunswick, will draw attention to the culture of Maine's Native American tribes, rather than a brutal explorer. Mahtowin Munro, who works with United American Indians of New England, tells Teen Vogue that there's very little consciousness of indigenous peoples in cities in the Northeast compared with other big cities that have replaced the holiday.
"If we look at George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, there are clearly ideals that most of us, almost all of us can get behind that they represented and fought for even though they did things that we would look upon as immoral". Dissatisfaction over the issue has led to some statues of Columbus to be defaced.
He added, "I think the best way as an Italian-American that I can honor their sacrifice and their heritage is to try and make the world better for their children and for my children".
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