Should Indigenous Peoples Day replace Columbus Day as a federal holiday? | The Tylt

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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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