D.C. Officials Pass ‘Emergency Legislation’ to Put Indigenous People’s Day on Calendar

October 15, 2019

Officials in the District of Columbia and other surrounding jurisdictions have passed legislation to erase Italian explorer Christopher Columbus from United States history and replace the day honoring his discovery of the Americas to be Indigenous People’s Day.

The Washington Post reported that the D.C. council passed the bill, but it is still not officially the law in the nation’s capital. The media outlet promoted the narrative that Columbus was a “colonizer” who abused the people already living in North America, despite the fact that his trip in 1492 and subsequent trips did not include visiting what is now the United States. The Washington Post said:

D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) proposed emergency legislation this week — which the council supported Tuesday — to rename Monday’s holiday Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Alexandria and Prince George’s County made similar moves, joining states and jurisdictions across the country that have argued that Christopher Columbus and other colonizers oppressed the native people already living in the Americas when Europeans arrived.

In the District, the bill is awaiting the signatures of D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) and Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), according to Grosso’s office. Mendelson and Bowser didn’t respond to requests for comment Thursday.

Grosso said Monday on Twitter that he proposed the legislation to “force a vote of the full Council to finally do the right thing by ending the celebration of the misleading narrative of Christopher Columbus on the second Monday in October in honor of #IndigenousPeoplesDay.”

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