Columbus Day 2017: What's open, what's closed on Monday, Oct. 9?

by Eddie Scott October 10, 2017, 0:25
Columbus Day 2017: What's open, what's closed on Monday, Oct. 9?

In his proclamation recognizing the USA holiday on october 9, Trump said, "on Columbus Day, we honor the skilled navigator and man of faith, whose courageous feat brought together continents and has inspired countless others to pursue their dreams and convictions-even in the face of extreme doubt and tremendous adversity".

"Christopher Columbus' legacy of extreme violence, enslavement, and brutality is not in dispute", O'Farrell said, according to CNN affiliate KCAL.

Although Native American groups consider Columbus a European colonizer responsible for the genocide of millions of indigenous people, supporters of the holiday have argued he was an important figure in Italian American heritage.

Hunter Sagaskie, a Native American Programs peer adviser, also thinks the national holiday is inappropriate.

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As you start your Columbus Day, we can only offer these words if you choose to ponder the meaning of today's holiday: buona fortuna. Salt Lake City officials declared Tuesday that they would keep Columbus Day but observe Indigenous Peoples Day on the same day. The NYPD says one person was arrested. Particularly notable are 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus and 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, both by Charles C. Mann.

I just love this holiday. While Leftists recently have targeted Columbus for ridicule and rejection, historians agree on his monumental impact.

"It was one of the things that would allow them to become Americans symbolically", said Fred Gardaphe, a professor of Italian-American studies at Queens College.

Scott said they wanted the discussion, now in its second year, to be inclusive, so they partnered with the Latino fraternity on campus as well as the Italian organization.

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If you ask a New Yorker which monuments symbolize an immigrants introduction to this country, they'll quickly note two famous statues: the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, and the statue of Columbus atop the landmark circle that bears his name.

The vote had been almost unanimous on the Democratic Party-dominated city council, with the only real dissent coming from an Italian-American member of the council. However, Native Americans reject the notion and condemn his atrocities towards indigenous peoples.

"Columbus should not be celebrated".

As another October arrives, the debate continues in the United States about whether to continue recognizing Christopher Columbus as the "discoverer" of America.

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The Marist Poll surveyed 1,224 adults September 11-13, funded in partnership with the Knights of Columbus.


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