Columbus Day Compromise Misses Mark In Melrose, Advocates Say

Sep 16, 2020 232

BY: Mike Carraggi

One step forward, two steps back. That's how many advocating for the replacement of Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day viewed the Melrose School Committee's recent decision to observe both this October. Instead of following the growing number of communities that have eradicated Columbus Day, the committee took the unusual step of co-branding the holiday.

For many who have spent years fighting to blot out the whitewashed legacy of Christopher Columbus, it was received as a painful reminder of his atrocities — a placating half-measure that did little to address the plight suffered by Indigenous peoples.

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