If only our grandparents had said that in the 1930's, we wouldn't be
dealing with this issue today. In fact, many children nowadays find it
that we (Americans living in the "land of the free")
have a holiday to celebrate a slave trader and mass murderer who never set foot on this continent.
Our grandparents most likely didn't know the truth about Columbus in the 1930's,
so the holiday's enactment seemed like a
at that time.
But many children today (either through updated education or the Internet)
do know the truth. And for many of them, cognitive dissonance arises
when we're still honoring Christopher Columbus.
The most confusing scenario at this point would be for our grandchildren
to understand that we knew the truth, but chose to protect the lie.
This is actually an opportunity to teach our children and grandchildren an important lesson:
that it's okay to correct our mistakes of the past.
We won't be able to offer them the same excuse that our parents offered us:
that we didn't know.
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John S. (Our City resident)
I sincerely hope the [our city] city council can move forward with this important movement and join the growing list of local agencies correcting a terrible wrong. This means no disrespect for Italian Americans and means so much to our actual heritage and honoring the true native Americans. And in our case of [our city], we have deep history with the [our local tribe] and other tribes. It is the right thing to do and to do now.
Simon D. (Our City resident)
Please take a stand on this important issue and provide leadership to the people of [our city]!
Amber A. (non-local)
Columbus did not discover America and the natives have for too long been snuffed out of history. They need recognition.
Julie R. (Our City resident)
Columbus Day should be renamed because it is a unjust lie that has been passed down for generations which needs to end.
Janet T. (Our City resident)
Our beautiful city has a rich history of Native American culture. Our indigenous people deserve this honor. Christopher Columbus, with his history of genocide of Native peoples, does not.
Daisy Y. (Our City resident)
Knowing what we now know, it's just a matter of time before "Columbus Day", in its current form, ceases to exist. This change is not about erasing history but, rather, is about understanding that while we can't change the past, we can acknowledge and make history right today. To know that [our city] will be part of this growing movement is both apt and fitting.
Erica P. (Our City resident)
Because it is the right thing to do.
Karan O. (non-local)
Columbus is credited with discovering America. As Native Americans and indigenous people of the Americas had been living on this land for generations. I am saddened to see that Columbus Day would be celebrated in such a progressive, small community like [our city]. Although I may only be a part time resident of [our city], I still considerate it my home, and the native land of the [local tribe] people who have lived here for centuries who deserve to be recognized as the first people living in this pristine and beautiful environment.
Sasha R. (Our City resident)
Our history is too proud and too intertwined with native tribes to not give them the respect they deserve.
Shelley M. (Our City resident)
Honor the Native Americans and show respect to those first Americans...
Karissa A. (Our City resident)
This is important to acknowledging our land's history and the people whom it originally belonged to.
Scott T. (Our City resident)
To represent the full, and real, history of not only the greater Western Hemisphere, but also our beautiful [our city], it is important that we celebrate the people who lived here before European colonialism. This hemisphere on which we live today is full of rich and diverse cultures and histories, many of which have faced or are facing an extinction; not from lack of relevance but instead from a sense of cultural superiority which demands assimilation. In our case we must think of the [local tribe], the settling of their home lands, the logging that caused a sort of deforestation, down to bombing their sacred site so that the area could be exploited financially. We in [our city] love this place, and like to think ourselves as stewards of sorts; however; if we are ever to truly become stewards of such a miraculously beautiful place, we need to fully understand the land on which we live. It is my opinion to fully know this land, we must recognize and learn from the land's original inhabitants. Recognizing Indigenous People's Day rather than Columbus (a murder and slaver) is a step, albeit a small step, in this direction.
Aiyana P. (Our City resident)
Columbus killed my people for no reason, rapes young children, and died thinking the Americas where India... super inappropriate for us to celebrate that and teach it to children.
Ruth S. (non-local)
It's the right thing to do. And it's long overdue.
John L. (Our City resident)
The truth is evident, so we can stop celebrating Columbus and his exploits right about now.
Maria J. (Our City resident)
It was their land before Columbus discovered so rightfully it should be honored by changing it to Indigenous day.
Jenny R. (Our City resident)
Because its the right thing to do to show respect to those before us that truly discovered our world and where just pushed to the side like everything else. In the USA land of the free home of the brave lets be honest.
Sharon D. (Our City resident)
As an Italian-American I support renaming Columbus day and honor Indigenous People.
Doug B. (Our City resident)
The day should be named for the original inhabitants.
Zoe R. (Our City resident)
When the Europeans came to America we oppressed and slaughtered and confined to terrible reservations the beautiful American Indians... We must honor the Native Americans of beautiful [our city]!
Karan B. (Our City resident)
Columbus Day is celebrating a man who came to America and committed numerous crimes against the Native American population. It is hard to believe that Columbus Day is still celebrated, knowing the truth behind what happened. It is the least we can do to somewhat right one of the countless wrongs that have befallen the Native American population.
Sam M. (Our City resident)
I believe that the [our city] City Council should consider renaming Columbus Day because even though Columbus is attributed to discovering America, he and the many people that came with him were the beginning of so much suffering to the indigenous people who already lived here. [Our city] is a place where many Indigenous people lived and we should honor them by changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day.
Leslie N. (Our City resident)
[Our city]is an immensely diverse town. Renaming Columbus Day wouldn't only show people that we care about our diversity and roots in some way, it also is a way to set us apart, make the town sound even more historically involved.
James T. (Our City resident)
The myth of Columbus' "discovery" is a false narrative created by Europeans to present history in their favor. It is time to recognize the Indigenous people of this continent and celebrate their culture.
Damien M. (Our City resident)
This is something well worth going progressive on. Do honor to the REAL locals of [our city].
Karla T. (non-local)
Colombus had Nothing to do with [our city]!!!
Tina P. (Our City resident)
I believe it is a right thing to do.
Luciana C. (Our City resident)
I support renaming Columbus Day because the name is very exclusionary and gives the impression that Christopher Columbus should be celebrated by anyone despite his horrific treatment of Native American people. It's past time that we change the name of this holiday to celebrate something else and stop glazing over the horrible things that Christopher Columbus did...
Amber R. (Our City resident)
Sheila (Our City resident)
We demean the indigenous people who have lived here for centuries by honoring a man who killed so many indigenous people.
Jeanine (Our City resident)
Columbus did not 'discover' America - how on earth can someone 'discover' a land where people have been living and thriving... "Columbus Day" is an antiquated concept and extremely egotistical 'tradition' [we] continue to follow BLINDLY! City Council NEEDS to get their collective heads out of their nether regions.... PLEASE!!!!
Josephine (Our City resident)
Totally change the name to Indigenous Peoples Day!
Comments against Indigenous Peoples' Day:
Bob (Our City resident)
If you don't like our founding father that discovered America and made it possible for this country to develop into the beautiful country it is today, leave this country already!!!!
Jim (Our City resident)
He discovered America. 500 years ago pretty much everyone was racist... Columbus earned it, he deserves to keep it.
Ronald (Our City resident)
HELL NO!! I'm fed up with the America Hating Left.
Barbara (Our City resident)
It shows respect for... all the explorers who braved unimaginable terrors to get to the new world... and I'm thankful to them...