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To: Mayor Bill De Blasio
Tell Mayor DeBlasio: Change Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day
Rename NYC's "Columbus Day" to Indigenous People's Day.
Why is this important?
City of New York should follow in the footsteps of other progressive cities by renaming Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
The yearly celebration of Christopher Columbus for his "Discovery of the Americas" is painful and a gross distortion of history. Columbus introduced the Transatlantic Slave trade to the Americas and left behind a violent legacy of the oppression, rape, enslavement, and mass murder of Black, Brown, and Indigenous peoples.
Columbus' legacy and colonialism still harm our communities to this day and should not be celebrated or held up as an authentic or positive representation of "Italian American heritage".
History books misrepresent the happenstance encounter as a “discovery”. But, the reality is that Indigenous peoples throughout the Western Hemisphere had long called this land their home. Native people paid for -- and continue to pay for -- this encounter with their labor, land and lives, and the ripple effect, across continents and peoples, is reflected in the devastating history of colonization.
We continue to celebrate and acknowledge the millions of Italian Americans who have contributed immensely to US culture and history.
But, Columbus is not the hero the Italian American community deserves. The great contributions to our city by Italian American community should be represented by someone among the countless Italian Americans who fought to make life better for others.
This day should be recognized as a celebration of the strength and resiliency of indigenous cultures and peoples who survived Columbus. Native peoples are still very much present in the Americas but struggle against being erased from our history then and now.