Cuomo: Honor both Columbus and indigenous people

Cuomo: Honor both Columbus and indigenous people

Cuomo: Honor both Columbus and indigenous people

"If you have a problem with Christopher Columbus statue here, well then maybe do it the right way not deface it", said Michael Stefanczyk of New Haven. What's more, though state lawmakers have tried to create a number of new public holidays over the years, a search of legislation going back to the 1999-2000 legislative session didn't turn up any bills directly related to Columbus Day. We've been talking about taking down monuments and statues dedicated to the Confederacy, and a few people here and there have brought up the statues of Columbus that are spread across the country.

But not so fast, argue advocates of Indigenous Peoples Day, who say that Columbus was far from a hero.

He believes changing the name to Indigenous Peoples Day takes the focus from Columbus, and instead celebrates Native American culture and the struggles they have endured.

The controversy over Monday's Columbus Day Parade in New York City is building, as is the debate over which historical figures should be honored in the United States. Here are some of the reasons why.

I see them as anti-Italian-American.

Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day, the holiday on which his discovery of the Americas is celebrated, can be contentious issues.

"To celebrate somebody like that just seems disrespectful to the people that he tried to take advantage of", the Memphis senior said.

"We need to get rid of Columbus Day, period", she added. At that time, community leaders commented specifically on the date that Indigenous Peoples Day falls on, the federally recognized Columbus Day.

It should be noted that for every one native American who was killed at the hands of a white European, ten were felled by diseases. Munro said. "I think it's really damaging to our children, and teaches them that indigenous people are not important".

"We want to raise awareness of this true history", he said. "You honor it by making it no longer invisible". Demographics encourage different celebrations. The ceremony is an event held in response to Columbus Day, and it celebrates the survival of Native American communities in North, Central and South America.

In 2014, Minnesota's largest city renamed the holiday. The law officially changing the day was signed into permanence as HB 78, which Walker signed earlier this year, with approval from the Alaska Federation of Natives. A celebration meant to recognise and respect the proud traditions and customs of North America's great tribes, it was first marked in 1992, five centuries on from Columbus setting sail.

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