Today is nationally known as Columbus day. However, multiple cities are throwing out the Columbus day celebration for the Indigenous Peoples Day. (It really needs a better name than that, but until that happens, Indigenous People day it is.)
Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Yes. This is what we should have the day off of school for. pic.twitter.com/2k9JZXJlQJ
— Aitana Libreros (@AitanaLibreros) October 9, 2017
What is Indigenous Peoples Day? Advocates for the change argue that Columbus did not truly discover America in 1492. Gasp. What? Say it ain’t so. Native American activists say that Columbus only began the colonization of America at that time.
On this Indigenous Peoples’ Day, I would urge you to learn more about who used to live where you live, and what happened to them.
— Sebastián M V (@sebastiansings) October 9, 2017
It is imperative that America learns about the people that were already here when Columbus arrived. In addition, we must learn what happened to those people after we took ownership of their land.
"An essential historical reference for all Americans."—Peterson Zah, former president of the Navajo Nation https://t.co/Hc3OdlWJHo
— Beacon Press (@BeaconPressBks) October 8, 2017
This book along with other curriculum should be required learning for our young people. Older folks need to be reeducated as well, as this was not part of the history they have learned.
Changing Columbus Day to Indigenous People Day does not automatically cover up the multitude of sins that happened back then. It does, however, bring recognition to a very sensitive topic that needs to be acknowledged, and a very wonderful culture that is too often forgotten.
To be truly whole as a nation, we must remember the indigenous people that we've systematically erased from our history. #ColumbusDay
— Millennial Politics (@MillenPolitics) October 9, 2017
The way we treated our Native American friends is reprehensible. It is disgusting and America must ask for forgiveness.
— The Hill (@thehill) October 9, 2017
It is no surprise that our supreme white nationalist leader does not recognize that Native Americans were here long before Columbus stumbled upon this land. Who still listens to Trump anymore anyways? Trump needs reeducation as well on this part of American history.
There is an entire history and countless cultures we overlook from our past.
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) October 9, 2017
We must celebrate the beauty that Indigenous people add to America. They are truly a group of special people.
Today is not #ColumbusDay. We should study his atrocities but not celebrate them.
— Sam White (@samwhiteout) October 9, 2017
Just look at the beauty in their culture. Every American should learn more about the Native Americans. Their customs and traditions are very important to them, and rightly so.
— Ky (@PhatIcon) October 9, 2017
Indigenous Peoples day is still a very touchy subject matter for some. As people study and research, the truth will come out. We must recognize and admire these folks. They willingly helped without question. We owe so much to them. We thank you for all that you have done. Indigenous people are a gorgeous unified richly cultured community that has fought genocide and other atrocities. Until Indigenous Peoples Day officially overrides Columbus Day, we will continue to fight. We stand with you Native Americans. We believe in you.