Christopher Columbus is a symbol of Italian-American contributions and heritage

Katrina Barker
October 10, 2017

Basil Russo, president of the Order Italian Sons and Daughters of America, said: 'We had a very hard time in this country for well over a hundred years.

LaMattina and others in the parade object to calls for an end to the Columbus Day commemoration by people who have
attacked the explorer's history and his legacy.

"Should we honor Christopher Columbus or should we honor the indigenous people". The city council of Austin, Texas, voted last week to take a similar path - and organizers in Pittsburgh said next year's parade there may incorporate more of a "Heritage Day" theme.

However, not everyone in Utah is happy about it. For much of America's history, Italian immigrants have not been considered "white", nor do they identify as "white".

At that time, community leaders commented specifically on the date that Indigenous Peoples Day falls on, the federally recognized Columbus Day.

She believes it's offensive that the US celebrates a man who cost so many Native Americans their lives. Instead, those places are celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day. When native populations were all but extinct from disease, the trans-Atlantic African slave trade was ramped up to fill this slavery void.

Asked about the review of Christopher Columbus statues on public lands ordered recently by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, also an Italian-American, Cuomo did not directly answer a reporter's question.

The city of Los Angeles had passed a similar resolution in August by a 14-1 margin, after Councilman Mitch Farrell, who is also a member of the Wyandotte Nation tribe, accused Columbus of "extreme violence".

Columbus did not actually discover America as many believe, Green said, but rather stumbled upon the Caribbean Islands. Critics say it is a holiday devoted to someone responsible for the death of countless indigenous people and the destruction of their native cultures.

The day was established in 1937 to honor Italian discoverer Christopher Columbus and his arrival in the Western Hemisphere in 1492. Growing up, Columbus Day always meant dinner with my grandparents-one of whom was of Sicilian descent and the other with lineage from Naples. Some cities and states, including Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon and South Dakota, never have celebrated Columbus Day.

"As we mark this rich history, we must also acknowledge the pain and suffering reflected in the stories of Native Americans who had long resided on this land prior to the arrival of European newcomers", which included "violence, deprivation, and disease", Obama wrote past year.

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