Group to gather at Columbus statue downtown for 'Indigenous Peoples Day'

Group to gather at Columbus statue downtown for 'Indigenous Peoples Day'

Group to gather at Columbus statue downtown for 'Indigenous Peoples Day'

"Let us use this sad event to reaffirm that we must never fight hate with hate, and to remember the values of peace, openness and justice that represent the best of America".

That was more than five centuries ago, and some people remember what they have read in history books and seen on the Discovery channel.

Obama has also hailed Columbus' ambition and perseverance, saying his "legacy is embodied in the spirit of our Nation". The explorer was once glorified as a hero, but by the 1990s the historical narrative became much more focused on the role he played in destroying the native populations.

There will be no wreath laying ceremony this year, said Michael Vavonese of the monument association, adding the group was moving toward holding the ceremony every other year.

Last year, almost 30 cities across the United States celebrated Native Americans on the second Monday in October, while state and federal governments observed Columbus Day, as The Washington Post's Kristine Phillips reported.

Cities are beginning to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day rather than Columbus Day in New England and beyond.

So what did Columbus really do?

Three years later, it's hard to believe Seattle's first Indigenous Peoples' Day came with commotion.

Columbus's climb up onto the pedestal began 300 years after his famed journey across the Atlantic in 1492. His voyages ignited a wave of colonialism in what Europeans called the New World.

But Columbus' reputation is losing ground in multicultural America.

There was no common language with the natives on any of the islands, so Columbus commanded his crew to act with love and not force.

Police in NY are guarding the 76-foot-tall likeness of Columbus in Columbus Circle after city officials said the sculpture would be part of a 90-day review of "all symbols of hate on city property". President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared Columbus Day to be a national holiday in 1937.

"The past we share is marked by too many broken promises, as well as violence, deprivation, and disease", he wrote.

"They are well-built, with good bodies and handsome features.They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance".

Several Christopher Columbus statues in New York City have been vandalized over the past few weeks.

Numerous statues constructed to honor the so-called "heroes" of the Confederate states were erected during the periods of post-Reconstruction in the South and the Civil Rights movement, and served as not-so-thinly veiled threats to the African-American populations in the communities where they were installed.

Still, Columbus Day is celebrated in many parts of the United States and is observed by the federal government.

Columbus Day, the second Monday in October, is a nationally recognized holiday.

The group Indigenous Peoples Day Massachusetts has a statewide campaign to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with a day to honor native people from throughout the Americas.

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