Most Americans Want to Celebrate Columbus Day

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"We feel like Columbus Day should remain true to the Italians", she said. Columbus Day is a day that we've chosen to celebrate who we are. Several other major cities such as Phoenix and Seattle also celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day.

However, not everyone in Utah is happy about it.

Columbus was an Italian explorer, and the history books say he discovered the Americas on October 12, 1492.

As another October arrives, the debate continues in the United States about whether to continue recognizing Christopher Columbus as the "discoverer" of America.

She believes it's offensive that the USA celebrates a man who cost so many Native Americans their lives. Munro said. "I think it's really damaging to our children, and teaches them that indigenous people are not important". When native populations were all but extinct from disease, the trans-Atlantic African slave trade was ramped up to fill this slavery void.

A wreath-laying ceremony at a NY statue of Christopher Columbus was interrupted yesterday - the day before the Columbus Day holiday - by demonstrators speaking out against honoring the Italian explorer.

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Red fluid - all of it fake - ran down the famed explorer's statue in downtown Denver after Native American activists emptied their buckets on Columbus Day 1989.

"And we're entitled to do that, just as they are entitled to celebrate who they are", he said.

President Benjamin Harrison issued a proclamation in 1892 urging Americans to mark the 400th anniversary of Columbus' discovery by ceasing "from toil and devote themselves to such exercises as may best express honor to the discoverer and their appreciation of the great achievements of the four completed centuries of American life".

"We will not allow you to celebrate terrorism!" shouted Glenn Cantave, 23, wearing chains around his neck and wrists. "Indigenous People's Day reimagines Columbus Day and changes a celebration of colonialism into an opportunity to reveal historical truths about the genocide and oppression of indigenous people in the Americas, to organize against current injustices and to celebrate indigenous resistance".

"The motion, let me be clear, is not about erasing history", said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, who announced the motion earlier this month, according to the Los Angeles Times. He wasn't the only one to make this mistake that explains as an underestimation of the world's size, saying that Columbus and many others were "calculating that East Asia must lie approximately where North America sits on the globe (they did not yet know that the Pacific Ocean existed)".