Rep. Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y., slammed Christopher Columbus as a “genocidal maniac” on his holiday Monday as progressives proceed their push for the federal vacation to be formally changed with Indigenous Peoples Day.
“As we speak ought to simply be #IndigenousPeopleDay,” Velázquez tweeted. “And but this present day remains to be shared with a genocidal maniac.
“We have to take this time to replicate on the brutal historical past of violence towards Indigenous peoples in America and acknowledge that there’s nonetheless lots of work to restore this hurt.”
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., equally tweeted: “Hundreds of thousands of indigenous individuals misplaced their lives throughout the genocide dedicated towards them within the Americas. As we speak we pause in solemn recognition of this human tragedy. And recommit to uplift the unique occupants of this land.”
“On #IndigenousPeoplesDay,” Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ailing., tweeted, “I hope people use this time to replicate and be taught from our historical past. Indigenous individuals have been right here lengthy earlier than America’s ‘discovery,’ and they’re important to our future.”
A number of states throughout the nation have banned Columbus Day and renamed Oct. 11 Indigenous Peoples Day. President Biden issued the first-ever presidential proclamation of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Friday, and he issued a separate proclamation of Columbus Day on Monday, making some extent to reference the “devastation” and “violence” that western exploration dropped at the Americas.
Some critics of the erasing of Columbus Day argue that proponents are unwittingly aligning themselves with the Ku Klux Klan, which vehemently opposed the veneration of the Italian explorer, albeit for racist causes.
“Within the Twenties and Nineteen Thirties, for instance, the white hooded Knights of the Klan jousted with the Knights of Columbus, a company of Catholic immigrants, by blocking Columbus monuments from the blue hills of Virginia to the rocky coast of Oregon and terrorized Columbus Day celebrations with cross burnings in a number of locations,” the New York Day by day Information reported Monday.
Conversely, some Republicans took to Twitter to affirm their help for maintaining Columbus Day.
“Columbus Day,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, merely tweeted.
“As we speak, we have a good time Christopher Columbus arriving within the Americas and the daybreak of Western Civilization within the New World. #ColumbusDay,” wrote Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Pa.
“It’s known as Columbus Day. Cross it on,” the Home Republicans’ official Twitter account wrote.