Happy Indigenous People’s Day!
The Green Shadow Cabinet supports renouncing Columbus Day and replacing it with Indigenous People’s Day.
Christopher Columbus is an important historical figure. He should be studied as part of our colonial history, a tragic era of plunder, pillage, empire, genocide and slavery that’s been largely omitted from mainstream history books. Establishing Indigenous People’s Day is an important step in setting the record straight, and ending the celebration of a man representing one of the most brutal chapters in recorded history.
Indigenous People’s Day celebrates the pre-Columbus nations, as well as the ongoing contribution of Indigenous Peoples to American culture and society. The survival of a people and their culture – despite brutal attempts to destroy both – is an inspiring and instructive story which deserves dedicated discussion in both U.S. school curriculum, and broader public discourse. Continue Reading