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…)