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(Los Angeles Daily News) - Following an emotional and heated debate, the Los Angeles City Council voted 14-1 Wednesday to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.
Councilman Mike Bonin, who pointed to his family’s Italian origins, called the move a “very small step in apologizing and making amends” to native Americans.
Christopher Columbus, for whom the federal holiday is named, has long been a hero of the Italian American community, but the European explorer has also been accused of enslaving indigenous peoples and setting off a series of events that led to the decimation of native American populations.
The council’s vote begins the process of establishing Indigenous Peoples Day as a city holiday to be observed on the second Monday of October. The city will have until 2019 to rename the holiday.
Los Angeles joins other municipalities including Berkeley, Seattle and Denver that have adopted Indigenous Peoples Day, although Los Angeles is considered the largest city to take the step.
The idea proved contentious, with some of the strongest opposition coming from the Italian American community. Councilman Joe Buscaino, who cast the lone dissenting vote on Wednesday, characterized the effort to observe Indigenous Peoples Day in place of a day with special meaning for some Italian Americans as divisive.
“We’ve forgotten the depth of prejudice and outright hatred faced by Italian Americans in this country,” he said. “We must embrace Los Angeles and not divide it.”
He had proposed scheduling Indigenous Peoples Day on Aug. 9, which is when the United Nations observes that holiday, but the majority of his colleagues shot down the plan.Read More . . . .