Mayor Bill de Blasio and other leaders will march on Fifth Avenue Monday to honor Christopher Columbus, even as he has convened a commission to decide if statues like the one honoring the Italian explorer are still appropriate in his city.
He said: 'The conversation is Columbus.
The city council voted 14-1 on August 30 to commemorate "indigenous, aboriginal and native people" over Columbus, a hero to many Italian-Americans.
Accusations by some historians that the Italian explorer opened the Americas to enslavement, genocide and "cultural destruction" have led some US cities to cancel local Columbus Day parades and other commemorations and rename the holiday Indigenous Peoples' Day.
The discovery by Columbus brought the permanent arrival of Europeans to the Americas, which Trump noted was a "transformative event that undeniably and fundamentally changed the course of human history and set the stage for the development of our great Nation".
President Donald Trump in a traditional holiday declaration diverged from former President Barack Obama's declarations by not mention any of Columbus' ills. 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. But just once in this debate, I'd like the other side to acknowledge that the narrative they are telling about Columbus Day is seriously defective and incomplete. While Leftists recently have targeted Columbus for ridicule and rejection, historians agree on his monumental impact.
"Our city owes our very founding to the indigenous peoples in Denver", he said.
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"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. In 1970, the holiday was attached to the second Monday of October.
The Cincinnati City Council rejected a proclamation a year ago that would have recognized Indigenous People's Day over Columbus Day, after five of the council's nine members abstained from voting, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. It's all about our Italian heritage and our culture.
Protesters said the controversy is rooted in Columbus's legacy and his treatment of indigenous people.
"Columbus should not be celebrated". The entire state of Alaska has renamed the day.
"There's a whole genocide aspect to it and in celebrating Columbus you tend to forget all the trauma and the pain, and you forget how all of that is still with us today".