Trump's praise of Columbus omits dark history


"Well it means everything because actually if it wasn't for Columbus we wouldn't be here, so it's fundamental to us and for the next generation to celebrate this holiday and keep it a holiday in this country", said Gennaro Sevino, a member of the Sons of Italy Valley Regional Lodge in Derby.

Vivolo says Italian-Americans are proud of their heritage and respect all ethnicities.

However, Cliff Matias, cultural director of the Redhawk Native American Arts Council, said it's not about taking anything away from Italian-Americans.

Explaining the reasoning, Councilman Paul Lopez pointed to the Native American tribes of the Arapaho and Cheyenne, who used land on the site of what would eventually become the city. She says a desire to rename Columbus Day began with these groups.

Columbus Day is arguably the most divisive of all federal holidays.

"There is that concern that Indigenous People, the plight and the struggle of Indigenous People but also the contributions that they made, just aren't being recognized", Marc Cohen, Student Assembly President, said.

"We discovered Columbus, lost on our shores, sick, destitute, and wrapped in rags".

However, the SUNY Student Assembly announced that they will be honoring Monday as Indigenous Peoples Day along with Columbus Day. The ravages laid upon the indigenous inhabitants of the Caribbean by Columbus and his cohorts are well-documented, historical fact. Only 29 percent said they think it is a "bad idea", while 15 percent remained undecided.

If you ask a New Yorker which monuments symbolize an immigrants introduction to this country, they'll quickly note two famous statues: the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, and the statue of Columbus atop the landmark circle that bears his name. "And while we can't change the past, we can acknowledge and make that history right today". In Portland, Oregon, school board officials chose to supplement Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day.

Los Angeles, Seattle, Minneapolis and Austin, Texas, have chosen to celebrate Indigenous People's Day on the second Monday in October.

Columbus' first voyage to the Americas is also celebrated in Spain, Italy and many Latin American nations. It is seen by Hispanics as a celebration of their culture, because of to the links between Columbus and the royal court of Spain and the subsequent Spanish colonization of much of South and Central America. A day in his honor celebrates "the beginning of cultural exchange between America and Europe", according to the Order of Sons of Italy in America.

"We do not celebrate him because of what he did negatively", Angelo Vivolo from the Columbus Citizen's Foundation told 1010 WINS' Roger Stern.