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Italian-Americans in fight against Columbus detractors

Italian-Americans in fight against Columbus detractors

King said that when the Knights of Columbus was formed in the 1882, it was named after Columbus because he was an important Catholic figure in American history in a time with Catholics were facing discrimination.

Among the things historians have learned about Columbus: He enslaved many West Indies natives, seizing six of them the first day he hit land in 1492 to make them his servants.

Columbus - famously supposed to be setting out for Asia - has been hailed in the "New World" since Italian-Americans in New York City marked the 300th anniversary of their ancestor's arrival in 1792, but the day was only formally recognised when the state of Colorado made it an official holiday in 1905. South Dakota holds the similar Native Americans Day. Italian-American businessman and newspaper owner Generoso Pope was among those who worked to get Columbus Day recognized as a federal holiday in 1937. The New York Police Department says one person was arrested. He stated that Christopher Columbus was a courageous man of faith and helped jump-start the explorations that led to the founding of the United States.

Norwalk police said they are investigating vandalism of a statue of Columbus, but did not release any other details.

But there's no doubt that Columbus' voyages "had an undeniable historical impact, sparking the great age of Atlantic exploration, trade and eventually colonization by Europeans", Perry wrote.




"It was one of the things that would allow them to become Americans symbolically", said Fred Gardaphe, a professor of Italian-American studies at Queens College.

"There's a whole genocide aspect to it and in celebrating Columbus you tend to forget all the trauma and the pain, and you forget how all of that is still with us today". Meanwhile, op-eds and letters to the editor register Indigenous people's objections to Columbus as worthy of commemoration. In 1992, Berkeley, Calif., declared October 12 as "Day of Solidarity with Indigenous People" and promoted programs in schools and museums on Native American culture. I'm 58 years old now, so a long time.

As we celebrate Columbus Day, we celebrate all the new immigrants that come to this country. For those whose culture is affected every year by the celebration of Columbus Day, there should be safe spaces for sharing and reconciliation. We should be talking about what our history books are missing.

"Columbus should not be celebrated". Half of states in the USA give their employees a paid leave from work on the day.

"As we reflect on the adventurers throughout history who charted new courses and sought new heights, let us remember the communities who suffered, and let us pay tribute to our heritage and embrace the multiculturalism that defines the American experience".

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