Debate over Columbus Day in NY

Debate over Columbus Day in NY

Viking explorers were the first Europeans to reach North America, and how do you discover a place where people are already living? Most observances where held to mark Columbus' historic voyage. "We celebrate all the positive things that he did".

Sal Albanese, who lost to de Blasio in the Democratic primary, didn't come to the defense of Columbus but said the statue should stay.

And if doing so brings enough dishonor, Blackmon said, it's OK to stop celebrating them.

"As we mark this rich history, we must also acknowledge the pain and suffering reflected in the stories of Native Americans who had long resided on this land prior to the arrival of European newcomers", which included "violence, deprivation, and disease", Obama wrote past year.

"By that logic, it was wrong to have taken down the "White Only" signs over water fountains and restrooms all over the South".

The movement can generally be traced back to 1991, when Indigenous Peoples Day was first codified into law in Berkeley, Calif., as a counterpoint to the 500th anniversary of Columbus' landing.

Since its national acceptance by order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt 32 years later, U.S. citizens have seized the day as a chance to reflect on their heritage.




While many schoolchildren learn about the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, less appealing details of Columbus' journeys include the enslavement of Native Americans and the spread of deadly diseases. Several other major cities such as Phoenix and Seattle also celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day. "We do this because our history books erase such history". That's according to James Grossman, executive director of the American Historical Association.

"We do not celebrate him because of what he did negatively", Angelo Vivolo from the Columbus Citizen's Foundation told 1010 WINS' Roger Stern.

"Revision is not the same as lying, which people think it is", Grossman said.

Let's do both, Cuomo said Monday as kicked off another march in Manhattan's Columbus Day Parade.

Obama's proclamation in 2016 struck a different tone, saying, "We must also acknowledge the pain and suffering reflected in the stories of Native Americans who had long resided on this land prior to the arrival of European newcomers".

Sagaskie is proud Mount Pleasant recognizes this day as Indigenous Peoples Day. "But the idea of reckoning, commemoration as reckoning as opposed to celebration is distinct".

A 350-foot tall statue of one of Columbus' ships in Puerto Rico, though, survived Hurricane Maria two weeks ago - while most of the city sustained heavy damage. The monument of the Italian explorer was vandalized twice in September - once with pink nail polish and once with red paint.

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