See ya Christopher Columbus! Oh, and kids in Los Angeles will no longer be chanting the poem, “Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492.”
A proposal to replace Columbus Day with what will be called Indigenous People’s Day, has been approved by an L.A. City Council committee.
Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, a member of the Wyandotte tribe in northeast Oklahoma, argued in favor of bumping Columbus Day, in the interest of “restorative justice” to Native Americans in Los Angeles and the nation.
The proposal did not get the support of Councilman Joe Buscaino, who was stunned by the decision saying, “Do we get rid of District of Columbia? Do we get rid of Columbus, Ohio? Frankly, I’m supportive of Indigenous People’s day, but not to replace another culture or heritage and well, I guess discovering the new world that became the greatest country on God’s green earth is not a big deal anymore.”
The 3-0 vote by the Elections, Intergovernmental Relations and Neighborhoods Committee now sends the proposal to the full council for a vote.
If approved as expected, Indigenous People’s Day will become a new city holiday and go into effect no later than 2019.
Sharon Reardon, KABC News