Columbus Day will become Indigenous People’s Day this year in Los Angeles. The city council last week voted to remove the holiday from the official council.
“This gesture of replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day is a very small step in apologizing and in making amends,” Councilman Mike Bonin said.
A number of Italian Americans turned out at the meeting to demand that Columbus Day remain as-is, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Bonin and another supporter of the move — Councilman Joe Buscaino — are Italian Americans.
“All of our individual cultures matter,” Buscaino said.
“We are not creating a racial conflict,” Councilman Mitch O’Farrell said. “We are ending one.”
O’Farrell is a member of the Wyandotte Nation of Native Americans.
“On behalf of the Italian community, we want to celebrate with you,” Ann Potenza, president of Federated Italo-Americans of Southern California, said. “We just don’t want it to be at the expense of Columbus Day.”
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