Los Angeles Replaces Columbus Day With Indigenous People’s Day

The municipal holiday will no longer celebrate a Christopher Columbus.

August 30, 2017
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Los Angeles county has voted to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. The vote came after a tense afternoon in LA City Hall, where people both for and against renaming and repurposing the holiday argued their points. Ultimately it was decided to change the holiday and no longer honor a man who is one the most prominent faces of the Native American genocide.

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According to CBS Los Angeles, Columbus Day is one of the twelve paid holidays in Los Angeles. One the main groups protesting the change of the holiday were Italian Americans, who claimed the erasure of Columbus Day was an erasure of their heritage. The Los Angeles City Council countered this with creating a Italian American Heritage day.

Below are some of the moments from the City Hall meeting.

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