Christopher Columbus statue in Near West Side park defaced ahead of holiday

Circa 1510 A map of the four voyages of the Italian navigator Christopher Columbus

Among them: a handful of universities and a couple states, such as Vermont and Alaska.

Celebration of Columbus Day has not been without controversy.

When we first came here, we had struggles.

It's a sentiment other officials seem to share.

To try to take it away, I m sorry, but they re climbing up the wrong tree, George Iannuzzo, co-founder and past president of the Tewksbury Sons of Italy, said of calls to replace Columbus Day.

Green said she wants students to realize Native Americans have a long history on this land and they are still here.

"This action is about publicly recognizing that America's ancestors, for centuries, oppressed certain minority groups. And while we can't change the past, we can acknowledge and make that history right today". No other cities followed suit for a couple decades.

Trump's proclamation urges the celebrate Christopher Columbus' spirit of discovery of the Americas, a contrast to former President Barack Obama's document past year, which acknowledged both Columbus' drive to explore and the suffering of Native Americans. President Franklin Roosevelt created the first federal observance of Columbus Day in 1937.

The momentum, however, did not gain traction in some areas. "We think Columbus Day is a day that all people should honor and celebrate because of his accomplishments". A majority of the members who didn't vote declined to comment about their decision, according to the paper.

"There is a tremendous amount of ignorance and arrogance about our history", Jones told the paper.

Columbus Day is an observation of the anniversary of the explorer's arrival on an island in what is now the Bahamas on October 12, 1492.

He likens Columbus less to Robert E. Lee than to the more ambiguous Thomas Jefferson, who "owned slaves, was human and had warts". The monument of the Italian explorer was vandalized twice in September - once with pink nail polish and once with red paint.

"As we reflect on the adventurers throughout history who charted new courses and sought new heights, let us remember the communities who suffered, and let us pay tribute to our heritage and embrace the multiculturalism that defines the American experience".

As the founder of the American Italian Heritage Museum explains, to him Columbus Day is worth celebrating because it honors American Italian culture and heritage.

She believes it's offensive that the USA celebrates a man who cost so many Native Americans their lives.



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