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Should Indigenous Peoples Day replace Columbus Day as a federal holiday?

The City of Los Angeles recently voted to eliminate Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day. Council members agreed with Native American activists who argued the holiday is "a state-sponsored celebration of genocide." Italian-American civic groups maintained that while they support an Indigenous Peoples Day, it should not come "at the expense of another culture," and we shouldn't erase our history. What do you think? 

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Columbus Day has been a U.S. federal holiday since 1934, but many cities have chosen not to recognize it. Los Angeles City Council members recently chose to side with activists who argue Christopher Columbus is a symbol of colonialism, genocide and the destruction of Native American culture.

"This gesture of replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day is a very small step in apologizing and in making amends."
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The debate surrounding Christopher Columbus has heated up as people also question whether monuments honoring controversial historical figures should come down. A statue of Columbus was recently beheaded in Yonkers, but not everyone agrees with this tactic.

"[You] can’t just desecrate a monument to them just because you don’t like what they did."
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Critics believe that replacing Columbus Day is dangerous because it erases our history.

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But many believe Los Angeles did the right thing, and celebrating the culture of indigenous people is a positive step forward.

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