Columbus Day is today, Oct. 10, but the holiday might not be called that for much longer. All over America, cities and states have been pushing to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day in order to honor the people who, you know, lived here first. Here’s what’s going on!
Indigenous Peoples’ Day began as a way to “counter-celebrate” Columbus Day, allowing people to promote and honor Native American culture. It started in 1977 in Berkeley, CA through the International Indian Treaty Council as a protest against Columbus Day. It’s usually held on the second Monday of October, as is Columbus Day.
Over the years, many cities have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and some governors in states such as Vermont and South Dakota have even signed official proclamations that indicate the holiday will be celebrated statewide! Phoenix, AZ and Denver, CO are recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day this year for the first time, along with Minneapolis, MN, Seattle, WA, Portland, OR and San Antonio, TX.
Traditionally, Columbus Day honors Christopher Columbus discovering America in 1942, but this is obviously problematic, as Columbus took some questionable actions against the indigenous populations of the United States, including exploitation and slavery. Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon, and South Dakota don’t recognize Columbus Day at all.
People all over the world have taken to Twitter to slam Columbus Day, implying that many would be on board with changing the holiday’s name. “Crazy how people celebrate #ColumbusDay and how our kids are taught he “discovered” America and their parents don’t tell them the truth smh,” @OshunDeep7 tweeted. “Cant we all agree it’s time we stop celebrating #ColumbusDay. Im ready for #Indigenouspeoplesday on everyone’s calendars,” @ElsieLWeiss wrote. Check out more reactions below:
— TAP (@Theresa144) October 10, 2016
Don’t act like you’ve never knocked on the wrong door, killed everyone inside, and then decided you lived there. #columbusday
— Johnny Taylor, Jr. (@hipsterocracy) October 10, 2016
Columbus is the father of white supremacist colonialism in this part of the world which cleansed Natives and enslaved many. #ColumbusDay
— Dawud Walid (@DawudWalid) October 10, 2016
if a store offers a #ColumbusDay sale, I should kick everybody out and then take whatever I want.
— DADDY AF (@dubvercetti) October 9, 2016
I hope y'all are having a great Monday.
Except you Christopher Columbus…#ColumbusDay
— Big Mac Jr. (Gerald) (@YungHomieG) October 10, 2016
HollywoodLifers, do you think Columbus Day should be changed to Indigenous Peoples’ Day?