October 12 has been designated as Columbus Day and made a federal holiday.
The day is supposed to be a commemoration of when Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492, but he never did discover America. What he discovered was the Caribbean Islands. He never set foot on soil that is today America, and yet, he continues to be celebrated with a national holiday. Millions of school kids are erroneously taught that Columbus discovered America which is wrong.
Italian Americans pushed for a day to celebrate Columbus. The first celebration took place on October 12, 1866 in New York City. In 1934, the President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill, passed by Congress, declaring that October 12 would be a federal holiday known as Columbus Day.
Over the past several decades, racism has raised its ugly head to change federal holidays into racist holidays. The first target was changing the two presidential holidays in February (Lincoln’s Birthday and Washington’s Birthday) into one day for black Americans. The result was that the two presidential holidays were combined into one holiday – President’s Day and then a holiday was created in January for Martin Luther King Jr. to appease black Americans.
A black friend of mine was the first person to tell me that the creation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day was racially based, more than it was to actually honor the civil rights leader and preacher. He also told me that it wouldn’t be long before other federal holidays would be hi-jacked for racist issues, namely Hispanics and American Indians.
This brings me back to Columbus Day. A growing number of cities in the United States are changing Columbus Day to Indigenous People Day to celebrate what they call Native Americans.
I live just south of Cincinnati and the following report comes from one of the local news stations:
“Columbus Day is history.”
“At least, for this year.”
“In a symbolic show of support for Native Americans, City Council voted 6-2 to instead recognize Oct. 8, 2018, as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, an alternative celebration honoring the civilizations that called the Americas their home before European explorers called them America…”
“…Columbus Day remains a federally recognized holiday across the country, but amid a historical re-evaluation of Columbus’ role in the subjugation of native groups, a growing number of cities and states have elected to replace it with a holiday honoring Native Americans.”
“Berkeley, California, celebrated the first Indigenous Peoples’ Day in 1992 at the behest of the American Indian Alliance. Cities including Seattle, Denver and Phoenix have since elected to follow suit, and five states — Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, South Dakota and Vermont — have replaced Columbus Day with similar celebrations of native people.”
Personally, I find the use of the term Native American as used for American Indians to be offensive and racist. Both history and the Bible confirm that American Indians as well as everyone else migrated to North America, therefore, the term Native American is erroneous and racist.
Were you born here in America? I was and that makes you and me native Americans. The term Native Americans used for American Indians is the result of the racist liberalism of the far left. They may have been here first, but they are not the ONLY native Americans and besides, they are a conquered people and have had over 100 years to adapt to American culture.
Therefore, I refuse to use the term when referring to American Indians, just as I refuse to use the term African Americans for black people. I have good friends who are several generation South Africans and they are Caucasian. If black people were born here in America, then they are black Americans, not African Americans. You don’t hear anyone referring to you as a European American because your ancestors came here from Europe a couple hundred years ago, do you?
In many places in America, especially the southwestern part, May 5 has become a celebrated holiday honoring Mexicans. Ironically, many Mexicans in America believe that Cinco de Mayo (May 5) is the celebration of Mexican Independence Day, but that is wrong. Mexican Independence Day is September 16, not May 5. However, in places like Arizona, where I lived most of my life, the celebration of Cinco De Mayo greatly overshadows American Independence Day, July 4. I’ve seen Cinco de Mayo celebrations last for several days, whereas the 4th of July lasts 1 evening.
If it were up to me, I would do away with Columbus Day and not replace it with a day to honor anyone. I would also not allow the celebration of Cinco de Mayo or other foreign based holidays. THIS IS AMERICA and our holidays need to celebrate American history and American people, not Italians, Mexicans, Germans, Canadians, Spaniards, British or anyone else.
No, I will not celebrate Columbus Day nor will I ever celebrate Indigenous People Day.
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