Indigenous Peoples Day: Is it offensive to celebrate Columbus Day?

Indigenous Peoples Day: Is it offensive to celebrate Columbus Day?

Indigenous Peoples Day is a commemoration-turned-holiday that began in 1977.

It has grown as a day to honor Native American people and commemorate their histories and cultures.

In 1990, the United Nations began to discuss replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.

Indigenous Peoples Day honors the resilience of past cultures as well as the current peoples’ heritage.

However, some groups argue that Columbus Day, which is still a federal holiday, celebrates Italian American heritage.

Others believe that the holiday glorified the genocide of native people and paved the way for slavery.

To celebrate Columbus is to disrespect Native Americans, many feel.

Native Americans claim that they were first to the American hemisphere, not Columbus.

They have had some success so far and Indigenous Peoples Day is being celebrated on an increasing scale.