Last week news began circulating that eight cities across the US had banned the celebration of “Columbus Day” and had replaced it with “Indiginous Peoples Day”. Kudos. There is a call to make this a nation-wide change. I take issue with this for one reason: it is completely hypocritical. Indiginous People have been oppressed for so long, they need real help not just a bandaid holiday- look! All better! Decades of treating you all as inferior? Water under the bridge with the second Monday in October belonging to you!
Columbus Day for me is simply an annoying inconvenience. In North Carolina, the only places closed are banks. School is still in session. It’s a day where I have to remember to get some bills in a few days early. It’s a day that seems to be celebrated only by Macy’s, furniture stores, and mattress shops.
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