Is Columbus Day outdated? Local organizations discuss merits

Editorial: Statues Of Limitations

Letter: Columbus Day should be a national holiday

In Latin America it's thee Dia de la Hispanidad, in Spain it's the Fiesta Nacional, in Belize and Uruguay it is celebrated as a day to respect cultural diversity on Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural, and in the United States it's celebrated as Columbus Day.

Columbus did not actually discover America as many believe, Green said, but rather stumbled upon the Caribbean Islands. "We do this because our history books erase such history".

"This gesture of replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day is a very small step in apologizing and in making amends", Councilman Mike Bonin, the great-grandson of Italian immigrants said, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Aguirre said people have been protesting the statue for years, and his next step is to speak with city council about taking it down. The Bahamas, where Columbus landed, called it Discovery Day.

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People celebrate Columbus Day in New York City Oct. 10, 2016.

Many Italians revere Columbus as a symbol of their heritage, but opponents say he should not be honored because of his brutal treatment of Native Americans and the centuries of colonization he set off.

Instead of commemorating Columbus, Los Angeles County recently replaced the holiday with Indigenous People's Day, and several cities in the USA have also chose to celebrate the culture of Native Americans instead of the controversial federal holiday. We all march together, it's a great day.

Barron described Columbus as a "colonizer" who "enslaved Africans and slaughtered indigenous people".

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"The reason this broad re-evaluation is happening right now is because for most of the past 150 years-while a revolution was occurring in the way most Americans perceive race-there was also an absolute refusal to seriously reconsider how we remember these historical figures", he said.

Enjoy your Columbus Day and I hope everyone takes time to think about the complexities of history; when accomplishments are measured up against the imperfections of human beings.

States like Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, South Dakota, and Vermont do not recognize Columbus Day at all; however, Hawaii and South Dakota mark the day with an alternative holiday.

A 350-foot tall statue of one of Columbus' ships in Puerto Rico, though, survived Hurricane Maria two weeks ago - while most of the city sustained heavy damage.

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"Burying history is the worst way", Brophy said. Explorer Giovanni da Verrazano, an Italian who sailed for France, was the first European to make it to the Americas.

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