L.A. City Council Replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day

The Los Angeles City Council voted to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day on Wednesday.

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to eliminate Columbus Day from the city calendar, siding with activists who view the explorer as a symbol of genocide for native peoples in North America and elsewhere.

Liberal activist claim renaming the national holiday rights a historical wrong and is a modern day civil rights issue. These are lies.

Nobody is being discriminated against today because there is a government holiday named after Christopher Columbus. But, that doesn’t stop them from refusing to tackle real problems and help end real racism.

You see they’re not fighting racism, they’re fighting the notion that white culture and history is good and should be remembered.

Over the objections of Italian American civic groups, the council made the second Monday in October a day in L.A. to commemorate “indigenous, aboriginal and native people.” It replaces a holiday that served as a touchstone for Italian Americans, marking the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Caribbean.

Activist wanting to keep Columbus Day aren’t doing it to shun, quiet, or ignore the indigenous populations. Many were in fact in favor of helping create a holiday for the indigenous people!

Italian Americans voiced anguish over the proposal,telling council members it would erase a portion of their heritage. Some said they supported the creation of Indigenous Peoples Day as long as it is held on a different date.

“On behalf of the Italian community, we want to celebrate with you,” said Ann Potenza, president of Federated Italo-Americans of Southern California, speaking in a room packed with Native American activists. “We just don’t want it to be at the expense of Columbus Day.”

But, no, the attempts at compromise were trashed by the liberal activists and council members. Because, once again, none of this really had anything to do with honoring the indigenous populations.

In fact, city council members even argued that it would be racist to celebrate indigenous people on any day besides Columbus Day! Could it be any clearer this is all about spite and blackwashing white history?

That idea was unacceptable to Chrissie Castro, vice chairwoman of the Los Angeles City-County Native American Indian Commission. She argued that city lawmakers needed to “dismantle a state-sponsored celebration of genocide of indigenous peoples.”

“To make us celebrate on any other day would be a further injustice,” Castro said.

Liberal activist and council members are claiming that renaming Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples Day, erases the sins of the past. That is not how history, life, or forgiveness works.

Christopher Columbus was like a Viking. You don’t necessarily always associate 21st-century moral etiquette with rough explores doing whatever it took to survive and forge a new life on foreign lands. Furthermore, life is not black and white. All the good or success a man or woman for that matter achieves in their life is not accomplished without mistakes or evils. Only one man has ever been on the record for living a sinless life and that is Jesus.

Christopher Columbus can both be both a renewed explorer, and a man who treated the indigenous populations poorly. Which was wrong mind you! But, keep in mind this is how people were generally treated across the board at this point in history. It’s not like the North American indigenous populations got some kind of special racist treatment or what have you at the hands of Christopher Columbus.

Liberals truly count on human stupidity and ignorance to accomplish their goals.

It also serves to be pointed out that Christopher Columbus is not being punished on the merits or biases of his own life. Christopher Columbus is being punished for the cultural importance he symbolizes as the founder of the New World. His own life and actions mark relatively little damage and death in context to the North American indigenous populations.

His demonization plays into the whole leftist idea of victimhood and reparations. We are responsible for the actions of a man who sailed the ocean blue in 1492, just like Christopher Columbus is responsible for how every man after him treated the indigenous populations.

Replacing Columbus Day, O’Farrell said, would right a “historical wrong.”

“We are not creating a racial conflict,” he said. “We are ending one.”

“This gesture of replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day is a very small step in apologizing and in making amends,” said Bonin, who represents coastal neighborhoods from Westchester to Pacific Palisades.

These are the alibis Los Angels Councilmembers are giving for their votes to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People Day. But, do they really hold up?

Source: LA Times



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