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Alaska Renames Columbus Day ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’!

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The state joins a number of communities moving away from the former name

Alaska has officially renamed Columbus Day “Indigenous Peoples Day,” joining a growing body of local governments moving in that direction.

In an executive proclamation, Gov. Bill Walker wrote that “Alaska is built upon the homelands and communities of the Indigenous Peoples of this region, without whom the building of the state would not be possible.” He pointed out that 16% of Alaskans have indigenous heritage, and that “the State opposes systematic racism toward Indigenous Peoples of Alaska or any Alaskans of any origin and promotes policies and practices that reflect the experiences of Indigenous Peoples, ensure greater access and opportunity, and honor our nation’s indigenous roots, history.”

 

http://time.com/4070797/alaska-indigenous-peoples-day/

 

Whats next? Changing Christmas to Santy Clause Day? Or what about Thanksgiving to Native Americans showed us mercy day? I for one hate the name Indigenous Peoples day. Columbus does not deserve it either, but lets save changes to our culture for when China overtakes us in World War 3. Then then can change everything they want to something new. Mount Denali to Mount Beijing, Columbus Day to The Great Wall of China Day, etc.

Maybe we should just give Native Americans more money, land, college, ect instead of just changing names of holidays and landmarks. Putting their image on coins is a nice gesture as well, but matters little in the real world. There are so many people that deserve reparations from us, but we will never be able to pay back for all the horribleness we brought them taking over this Country. African Americans, Native Americans, Native South Americans/Mexicans, Eskimos, Big Foot, Chupacabras, the Buffalo, etc. But what can be done?



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So when are you guys renaming New York back to New Amsterdam?



 

Face the future.. Gamecenter ID: nikkom_nl (oh no he didn't!!) 

Stupidity is getting out of hand.



Personally be fine with the day not having any holiday at all, but I get the sentiment of Indigenous people.

Anyone who defends celebrating Columbus baffles me. He was a monster. He murdered and raped and enslaved thousands. He did nothing out of bravery, he did it out of greed and malice.

You are right nothing will ever make "right" the imperialistic attitudes that led to mass genocide of native peoples across the Americas. All we can do now is be respectful to people and never forget what happened.



I can sympathise with the decision, however attempting to erase history may also lead to unintended consequences.

I don't generally really like any celebration of a particular demographic simply because it is exclusive thing to do and while it may seem empowering, can also swing the other way and be dividing. It's not something that will ultimately lead to more inclusion and this seems to be becoming an increasing problem for the US now through what is becoming a seeping resentment.



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Augen said:

Anyone who defends celebrating Columbus baffles me. He was a monster. He murdered and raped and enslaved thousands. He did nothing out of bravery, he did it out of greed and malice.

Plus he thought the Earth is much smaller than it is.



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LemonSlice said:

Plus he thought the Earth is much smaller than it is.

The Portugese knew better, hence going around Africa to Asia.

Columbus did have a profound impact on history. He tied Europe and Africa to the Americas and began a massive exchange that forever altered all three continents.  I just see no reason to celebrate him because he was an awful man that tortured and murdered people for sport.



He was a purely terrible person. I don't know what it should be changed to, but I say change it. I'm not celebrating such a person simply because that's the way we're used to doing it and it's too hard to get used to change.



I didn't even know there was a Columbus day. I'm quite sure he didn't discover Alaska anyway.
According to Google it should have been Vitus Jonassen Bering day.