As the second Monday in October approaches, city council members in Eugene, Cambridge, Phoenix, Boulder, East Lansing, Denver, Yakima, Santa Fe, and Flagstaff have voted to dump Columbus Day – a holiday celebrating violent instigator of genocide Christopher Columbus – in favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
In 2015, for example, at least eight cities decided to drop the holiday.
Noam Chomsky: Indigenous Activists Are Saving the World from Environmental Disaster With a growing number of cities and institutions choosing to honor the indigenous communities that lived in the Americas way before Columbus arrived in 1492, it has raised one question: Is Columbus Day going extinct?
Since at least the 1990s, there’s been a growing movement to right this wrong by exchanging Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
But just like in the United States, some countries have abandoned this holiday, which incorrectly lauds colonizers instead of the indigenous populations that fought Europeans’ invasion.