l.a. city council replaces columbus day with indigenous peoples day!
By Erin White
August 31, 2017
The city of Los Angeles does the right thing and replaces ugly-ass Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day!
Despite objects from the Italian American civics group, the L.A. City Council voted to make the second Monday in October a day to honor “indigenous, aboriginal and native people.”
Ann Potenza, president of Federated Italo-Americans of Southern California, speaking to a room of Native American activists said, “On behalf of the Italian community, we want to celebrate with you. We just don’t want it to be at the expense of Columbus Day.”
Ah, yes. They want to celebrate the Indigenous people…but not at the expense of the white colonizer who committed genocide against them. Because that makes sense.
“This gesture of replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day is a very small step in apologizing and in making amends,” Councilman Mike Bonin, great-grandson of Italian immigrants and representative of coastal neighborhoods from Westchester to Pacific Palisades.
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