Tuesday, 22 October, 2019

TRIGGER WARNING: Trump Celebrates Christopher Columbus On 'Columbus Day'

A student of Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory of North America school for indigenous students holds incense during an event celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day in the Hollywood area Columbus Day 2018: What Is Open & Closed On The Holiday?
Patty Aguilar | 09 October, 2018, 00:56

States who instead observe Indigenous Peoples' or Native Americans' Day include Alaska, Hawaii, Minnesota, Oregon, Vermont and South Dakota, who were the first to do so in 1990. The six-month exhibit was like a cross between a horticulture-obsessed version of Disney's Epcot and a miniature World's Fair, featuring a waterfall, a rose garden with 130 varieties, a display of grasses from nearly every continent on earth and a "community of nations garden" that "has got to be one of the main roads of heaven", as The Washington Post described it then.

Paul and several other cities, it is Indigenous Peoples Day. The city only had a big enough budget to celebrate Columbus Day or Veterans Day this year, and since most of the workers are vets, officials said they chose to give them the day off in November.

An attempt in Akron to rename the holiday grew ugly past year, dividing the all-Democratic city council along racial lines.

This year, at least a dozen USA cities- including Columbus, Ohio and Cincinnati- will instead celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day today.

Columbus Day became a federal holiday in the 1930s and commemorates the landing of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492.

The decision to stop observing the holiday was not triggered by the national movement to abolish Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day as a way of recognizing victims of colonialism, Davis said. The bond market as well as state and federal offices will open back up on Tuesday.

But this year, the explorer's namesake city in OH is saving a little money: Columbus has canceled its observation of Columbus Day altogether.

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When asked how the city made the change, and whether it had done so through a process that was open to public debate, Davis said the decision to stay open on Columbus Day "was agreed upon by all of the unions that represent city workers during regular contract negotiations over the past year".

Monday's other celebration is to remember the people who inhabited North America long before Christopher Columbus claimed to have discovered the new world.

Each one of Obama's Columbus Day proclamations during his presidency expressed similar sentiments.

"We stand behind the Christopher Columbus name and will continue to do so here in Pittsburgh", Guy Costa, the city's chief operations officer and a parade supporter, said recently.

In fact, Columbus, Ohio, has no real connection to the man himself. Many libraries shut down for Columbus Day, while national parks remain open. Columbus Day also falls on Canadian Thanksgiving. "Use this day to celebrate the entire culture, celebrate Italians and indigenous both".

Columbus Day is a postal holiday.

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