Pride and protests for Columbus statue unveiling

Columbus statue in Columbus Circle gets 24-hour NYPD detail

Columbus Day is set to be celebratedon Monday, and many leftists see the holiday as offensive. They spoke out before being escorted away Sunday.

Perhaps in light of this, a Marist/Knights of Columbus (KOC) poll conducted in September found that 57 percent of Americans said they think "it is a good idea.to have a holiday named after Christopher Columbus". Bronx parade chairman Tony Signorile said he didn't extend the invite this year because de Blasio won't take a position in support of the statue.

Columbus Day in recent years has sparked a discussion on whether the holiday should even be called that anymore.

"Celebrating Columbus Day is a real challenging thing for Native people in the United States".

Los Angeles, Seattle, Minneapolis and Austin, Texas, have chosen to celebrate Indigenous People's Day on the second Monday in October. But what does the day - Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day - mean to people who are of native heritage in America?

The statue, which stands 75-feet high and rally organizers say was a gift to the city of NY from Italian-American immigrants, has come under fire lately from groups who highlight Columbus' mistreatment of Native Americans and Caribbeans. In Portland, Oregon, school board officials chose to supplement Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day.

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Columbus Day holidays have increasingly been divisive as some Native American descendents argue that the holiday commemorates the beginning of one of the world's greatest genocides, the slaughter, relocation and forced assimilation of millions of indigenous Americans who were living on this continent when Europeans landed.

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". Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, and South Dakota do not officially mark Columbus Day.

"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.

"That statue of Christopher Columbus stands here today as a testament to our immigrant tradition, and Italian-American tradition", state Sen.

"Burying history is the worst way", Brophy said. "The fact that an explorer from Italy was able to come to a different area that no one had been before and at some point the Italian American community embraced that".

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