Democrat Ameya Pawar says that if elected Illinois governor, he would work to have Illinois rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day. While the idea may sound somewhat new, the concept of Indigenous Peoples Day has been around for a while. Vermont already has replaced the October federal holiday named for Christopher Columbus with Indigenous P...

In late August, the Los Angeles city council voted to end the city’s celebration of Columbus Day. That same week, across the continent, a furor was foaming over the fact that New York City mayor Bill de Blasio was considering taking down the iconic statue of Columbus atop a pillar in the circle near Central Park that bears his name. In response, ci...

Ciao from Rome. The editorial of this September 2017 issue starts from what has been going on in the last weeks, with an awful recrudescence of the attacks against Columbus. The picture here is a collage of the 16 Columbus monuments vandalized through the last years in these American cities: Buffalo NY (twice), New York City NY (Manhattan and Queen...

With just a month left before Columbus Day, another prominent statue of Christopher Columbus in Upstate New York has been vandalized with red paint. The word "Murderer" was found scrawled across the Columbus statue near the Broome County Courthouse in Downtown Binghamton on Saturday, the Press & Sun-Bulletin reported. Columbus Day, celebrated this...

A monument to Christopher Columbus erected in front of the John Weichsel Municipal Center this week has drawn criticism from some residents. Town councilors unanimously approved the plinth and bust honoring the Italian explorer two years ago and said it would be unfair to the groups that paid for the monument to remove it now. Erica Roggeveen Byrne...

It’s amazing what someone can accomplish with a little passion and diplomacy. State Rep. Anthony DeLuca’s recent defense of Columbus Day is a shining example. As we all know, annual celebrations of Columbus have been under assault for decades, with cities and states across the country either flat-out eliminating them or supplanting them with celebr...

A vandal defiled a larger-than-life statue of Christopher Columbus in Central Park on Tuesday, leaving “blood”-red paint on the explorer’s hands and scrawling “Hate will not be tolerated” on its pedestal. The vandal also left an apparent threat at the base of the 7-foot-tall bronze: “#somethingscoming.” A worker for the Central Park Conservancy, th...

Akron City Council split along racial lines as a resolution meant to heal divided. Councilman Russ Neal introduced language Monday that would have recognized the second Monday in October not as Columbus Day but Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The swap is meant to honor the contributions of Native Americans and recognize that “the first voyage of Columbus...

There are several books that tell in many ways one or more aspects of the Italian American community; and there are some that have been entrusted with the mission of telling it in its entirety. Some of these works are excellent, but in these days a book is coming out that promises to give a never seen before picture of the Italian American experien...

Confederate general Robert E. Lee has been a clear target of protesters who want to take down monuments linked to America’s history of white supremacy. Christopher Columbus has a more ambiguous legacy. How do we assess the contributions of — and memorials to — people who did great things, but terrible ones, too? Is there a difference between famous...