Replacing Columbus Day

Kayla Lopez, Staff writer

Columbus Day, which is celebrated on the second Monday of October, is the “celebration” of Christopher Columbus’s “discovery” of the Americas. However, President Biden has recently announced that Indeginous Peoples day will take place the same day as Columbus day. Many U.S officials, governors, and even school board leaders have already declared the second Monday of October as Indeginous Peoples Day. Oregon, Boston, and Philadelphia were amongst those this year. The call to replace the traditionally known holiday “Columbus day” has been a major controversy. Native Americans and other groups have protested the holiday, saying that the violence, colonization, and terror brought upon Native and Tribal communities should not be overlooked and forgot about. For some, Columbus day is not a day of celebration and discovery, but a day that represents and celebrates disposession and genocide.