A city official in Rhode Island publicly praised vandals who viciously attacked a statue of Christopher Columbus this week; saying the move sparked a necessary “dialogue” within the community.
“Providence City Councilor Katherine Kerwin said Wednesday that she supports removing the statue, which was doused in red paint Monday and had a sign placed at its base that read: ‘stop celebrating genocide,’” reports Fox News.
“I don’t know who did it, but they created a really healthy dialogue in Providence,” Kerwin, who serves on the council’s committee on city property and the committee on public works, told WPRO News.
“I stand with them,” she added.
“Native American groups have long voiced opposition to celebrating Columbus Day. Contemporary reports have depicted the explorer as a tyrannical colonial administrator who oversaw a genocide of local native peoples. Several states and hundreds of cities have renamed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day to honor those killed by European settlers,” adds Fox.
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COLUMBUS CANCELED: Mass. City Replaces ‘Columbus Day’ with ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Celebration
The city of Somerville, Massachusetts announced their plans to ditch the annual Columbus Day festivities this year; instituting a new celebration in honor of the region’s ‘Indigenous Peoples.’
Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone unveiled the new holiday Thursday, joining other New England town’s such as Portland, Maine and Durham, New Hampshire who have opted to scrap the traditional American holiday in recent years.
In a Facebook post Thursday, Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone announced that on Oct. 8, the city would observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day, recognizing Native American heritage rather than extolling Christopher Columbus and his voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. https://t.co/DgXfjtRmBT
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“Columbus Day is a relic of an outdated and oversimplified version of history,” Curtatone posted on social media. “We all know there’s more to the story than a nursery rhyme.”
“This issue is a lot like the Confederate flag for southerners,” Curtatone added. “We are proud of our heritage. Yet the specifics of this holiday run so deep into human suffering that we need to shift our pride elsewhere.”
IT BEGINS: Major US City Renames Columbus Day 'Indigenous Peoples' Day
Portland, Maine is the second major American city to rename the annual October holiday, commonly known as Columbus Day, as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” following a unanimous vote by the Portland City Council.
According to the Portland Press Herald, the town became the latest Maine municipality to abandon the holiday celebrating famed Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, who arrived in the Western Hemisphere in October of 1492.
“This is like a slap in the face to the Italians who reside here,” said a member of the Italian-American Heritage Center.
“We look at that as something that celebrates our contribution to the city of Portland and the country overall,” said another member. “We understand all of these things are tainted in history.”
The national debate over historical American symbols and memorials continues to rage throughout the country. What began as a conversation regarding the place of Confederate statues on public property has spilled over into other, less controversial historical symbols, including the national anthem, Thomas Jefferson, the American flag, and Christopher Columbus.
Statues dedicated to Columbus have been vandalized by left-wing activists throughout the country in places like New York City, Baltimore, Houston, and Buffalo.
“He’s a rapist. He’s an enslaver,” said one liberal Portland resident. “If he were alive today there is no doubt he would be on death row. It’s absolute nonsense.”