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Seattle City Council replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day

08 Oct

I see that Eric’s city’s government, which, like Toronto’s, hates Halloween, has decided to axe Columbus Day and celebrate Indians instead:

The Seattle City Council has voted to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the same day as the federally recognized holiday, Columbus Day.

The resolution that passed unanimously Monday honours the contributions and culture of Native Americans and the indigenous community in Seattle. Indigenous Peoples’ Day will be celebrated on the second Monday in October.

Tribal members and other supporters say the move recognizes the rich history of people who have inhabited the area for centuries.

“This action will allow us to bring into current present day our valuable and rich history, and it’s there for future generations to learn,” said Fawn Sharp, president of the Quinault Indian Nation on the Olympic Peninsula, who is also president of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.

“Nobody discovered Seattle, Washington,” she said to a round of applause.

Several Italian-Americans and others objected to the change, saying Indigenous Peoples’ Day honours one group while disregarding the Italian heritage of others.

That’s right! Italian-Seattleites should sue!

“We don’t argue with the idea of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. We do have a big problem of it coming at the expense of what essentially is Italian Heritage Day,” said Ralph Fascitelli, an Italian-American who lives in Seattle, speaking outside the meeting.

“This is a big insult to those of us of Italian heritage. We feel disrespected,” Fascitelli said. He added, “America wouldn’t be America without Christopher Columbus.”

Sorry, Fascitelli; you Italians are white, not brown, so you’re out, and natives are in, instead of creating a separate day…

The progs hate our heritage, and our holidays and special days, whether Columbus Day, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter (‘springtime festivity spheres’ in Quebec / ‘spring spheres’ in Seattle, not ‘Easter eggs’), Canada’s Victoria Day.  The only ones they’ve left alone, so far, are April Fool’s Day, New Year’s Day, probably only because they haven’t figured out a way to find them ‘evil’ yet – but I’m sure they’re working on it! (Then there’s St. Patrick’s Day, which they haven’t attacked, but have subverted instead…)

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14 responses to “Seattle City Council replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day

  1. Cranberry

    October 8, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Why not just have a separate Indigenous People’s Day?

    I grew up learning how awesome Chris Columbus was, but it does appear that he and his companions were real sh*tlords when it came to treating the natives with any sort of recognition of their humanity. And, yeah, no one thought the Earth was flat.

    And, although he partly sources his info from Howard Zinn whom I am inclined to disqualify due to his cherry-picking nature, it does refer to original material, not just Zinn’s commentary, and so I always find this piece from the Oatmeal to give me a laugh. And a warm fuzzy, thinking about Bartolome de las Casas.

     
  2. Will S.

    October 8, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Hey Cranberry, your link doesn’t work; there’s nothing there.

    I agree; nothing wrong with having a separate occasion.

    But the intention is to displace, not to actually celebrate true diversity in all its forms.

    When the anti-Victoria-Day movement failed to gain any support, in their campaign to abolish Canada’s Victoria Day holiday, they switched to saying, let’s make it both Victoria and Indigeneous People’s Day – as if they had anything to do with each other. Really, they couldn’t care less about indigeneous people, I’m sure – but anything to water down celebrating one of our traditional holidays…

     
  3. elmer

    October 8, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Columbus was Jewish.

     
  4. Will S.

    October 8, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Was he?

    He certainly was Italian, anyway – which is why Italian-Americans claim him.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/10/how-columbus-day-fell-victim-to-its-own-success/261922/

     
  5. Peter Blood

    October 8, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Columbus was Jewish.

    So he was in search of gold?

     
    • Will S.

      October 8, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      Ha! 🙂

      Actually, he WAS in search of treasures, and had thought he’d reached India and the Orient; hence why our natives got named Indians. 🙂

       
  6. Eric

    October 8, 2014 at 11:21 pm

     
  7. Eric

    October 8, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Specimen of the quality of men leading Seattle government:

    http://www.advocate.com/politics/2013/11/06/seattle-elects-gay-mayor-ed-murray

    In light of some of this is this surprising? LOL Last year, the Seattle Public Schools almost banned using the term ‘Easter egg’ in favor of ‘Spring Spheres’.

     
  8. Will S.

    October 9, 2014 at 10:31 am

    @ Eric: Yep. 🙂

    Indeed, I linked to that ‘spring spheres’…

     
  9. oogenhand

    October 9, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Columbus seeking welfare, opposed by xenophobes?

     
    • Will S.

      October 9, 2014 at 11:03 am

      ?

      Columbus is dead, oogenhand. 🙂

      Two natives were walking along the beach on San Salvador island one sunny morning in October, 1492, when three ships suddenly came into harbour, and one made landfall; an excited Italian ran up to them, screaming, “Bongiorno, paisano!”

      The one turned to the other and said, “Well, there goes the neighbourhood!” 😉

       

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