L.A. CITY COUNCIL RE­PLACES COLUM­BUS DAY ON CITY CAL­EN­DAR

The Day - - WORLD & NATION -

Los An­ge­les — The Los An­ge­les City Council voted to elim­i­nate Colum­bus Day from the city cal­en­dar, sid­ing with ac­tivists who viewed the ex­plorer as a sym­bol of geno­cide for na­tive peo­ples. Over the ob­jec­tions of Ital­ian-Amer­i­can civic groups, the council made the sec­ond Mon­day in Oc­to­ber a day in L.A. to com­mem­o­rate “indige­nous, abo­rig­i­nal and na­tive peo­ple.” The day will re­main a paid hol­i­day for city em­ploy­ees. Ap­pear­ing be­fore city law­mak­ers, Ital­ian-Amer­i­cans voiced an­guish over the pro­posal, say­ing it would erase part of their her­itage. Some said they sup­ported Indige­nous Peo­ples Day but wanted it to be held at a dif­fer­ent time. “On be­half of the Ital­ian com­mu­nity, we want to cel­e­brate with you,” said Ann Potenza, pres­i­dent of Fed­er­ated Italo-Amer­i­cans of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. “We just don’t want it to be at the ex­pense of Colum­bus Day.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.