The political left has targeted ‘Columbus Day’ for special disparagement for years now, due to their claims that it refers to a man who was responsible for ‘genocide’ in the ‘New World.’ Now, the politicking surrounding the holiday has reached a fever pitch, and the largest city named after Christopher Columbus has decided not to celebrate their namesake’s day.
Columbus, Ohio, has decided that instead, they will treat the holiday like any other day, and will have a day off for veterans later on in November. The namesake city of one of history’s great explorers has denied ‘Columbus,’ and his ‘day,’ and then announced a new plan for a ‘politically correct’ replacement.
Columbus day has celebrated Christopher Columbus and his discovery of the Americas in 1492 for decades, and provided a day off for schoolchildren across the country.
Columbus, Ohio, the capitol of the Midwestern state, is a city of more than 860,000 people.
It is also the largest city named after the historic explorer.
However, today, the city decided that it would remain open for business, rather than giving school children and most employees the day off.
The democrat mayor of the city, Andrew Ginther, chose to switch the classic day off to the ‘politically safe’ November 12, holiday, Veteran’s Day.
Native Americans and similar groups of people have often utilized Columbus Day to push for various topics of concern.
The choice to stop celebrating the holiday, which leftists generally claim to be ‘offensive,’ was made due to the national movement to abolish the celebration in favor of ‘Indigenous People’s Day,’ as a way of ‘recognizing’ the ‘victims’ of colonization, according to Robin Davis, a spokesperson for the Columbus Mayor.
Last year, the liberal city of Los Angeles, California, became the largest city in the United States to stop celebrating the holiday.
Other left-leaning cities, like Austin, Texas, and San Francisco, California, made similar decisions in recent years, bowing to pressure from leftist activists.
Columbus made its decision on the holiday last week on Thursday, when they released a statement that seemed to mostly focus on the impact that the decision would have on trash pickup and parking enforcement.
Other Ohio cities have taken other steps concerning the ‘genocidal’ holiday.
The city of Akron attempted to rename the holiday in 2017, although the vote grew ugly.
Akron’s all-democrat city council wound up voting on the issue along strictly racial lines, with the five African-American members voting in favor of changing the holiday name, and the eight Caucasian members voting to keep Columbus Day as it was.
A similar attempt in the southern Ohio city of Cincinnati, which lies on the Kentucky border, failed twice, before on Wednesday, October third, the city decided to officially rename the day to ‘Indigenous People’s Day.’
In doing so, Cincinnati became the second city in the state to do so, after Oberlin, a liberal college town.
Cleveland, a generally left-leaning city in the north-eastern quadrant of Ohio, which has a sizable Italian-American population, did not change the name of the holiday, and still hosts a large parade to celebrate the day.
Organizers of the large Columbus Italian Festival held in Columbus, usually on the weekend preceding Columbus Day, were not given any advance warning about the decision, according to board member Joseph Contino.
Contino pointed out that in today’s world, it’s very in vogue to condemn ‘European’ influence, and to suggest that they were somehow the evil force that came to the Americas and put the locals to the sword.
He suggested that the mayor had missed out on a chance to celebrate the culture of indigenous peoples and Italians, as well as the discovery of the ‘new world’ that would eventually became North and South America.
Some questioned why, if the “sins of the past” can’t be forgiven, others with greater sins in their past somehow have been.
If Columbus, and his name, and his actions, are forever tainted due to allegations made against him, why does the Democrat Party still exist?
The Democrat party is the party that fought civil rights, used Jim Crow laws, created the Japanese Internment Camps, supported slavery and the KKK. If Columbus cannot be redeemed, how, precisely, can they?