L.A. Scraps Christopher Columbus Day
Come October 9, Los Angeles City employees will still enjoy a paid day off from work. But it will officially be called “Indigenous Peoples Day,” not Columbus Day. The L.A. City Council voted last week to scrap the celebration of the 15th century explorer's arrival in the Americas amid complaints from Native American groups that said the holiday glorified genocide.
Italian American civic groups objected to the action, saying it would erase a part of their history. Council Members Gil Cedillo, David Ryu and Mitchell Englander also wanted to see a separate day for indigenous peoples, with the official recognition of Christopher Columbus left intact.
Wednesday’s vote was 11 to 4.
Read more about the decision and the reactions here.
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