Lawmaker takes first step to remove Columbus Day in NYC

Nov 13, 2017 1092

BY: Shari Logan

A radical Brooklyn lawmaker on Monday introduced a new state bill to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day, and slammed the famed explorer as a “murderer.” “This land that all of us inhabit is stolen land — stolen from the indigenous people who were slaughtered and forced onto reservations,” Assemblyman Charles Barron told The Post, adding that “they should be recognized in replace of Columbus Day.”

Barron described Columbus as a “colonizer” who “enslaved Africans and slaughtered indigenous people.” “He deserves scorn, not glorification,” he added. Bill A8676 states: “Renaming the holiday is a small beginning in recognizing indigenous people for their historic ongoing contributions to history, culture and economic life.”

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