It's Columbus Day. Here's Why So Many People Hate It.

Editorial: Statues Of Limitations

Editorial: Statues Of Limitations

Monday, Oct. 9 is Columbus Day, a time set aside to commemorate the day in 1492 that Italian explorer Christopher Columbus first saw what we now know as America.

But the conversation around who Christopher Columbus was and what he represents in this country has intensified, spurring many communities around the country to rename the day Indigenous Peoples Day, recognizing the people who were most negatively affected by Columbus.

What's opened, what's closed on Columbus Day?

"We feel like Columbus Day should remain true to the Italians", she said.

A handful of activists have said they plan to protest the parade that honors Columbus, who many believe was a ruthless explorer responsible for wiping out populations of indigenous people with violence and slavery.

While many schoolchildren learn about the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, less appealing details of Columbus' journeys include the enslavement of Native Americans and the spread of deadly diseases.

The Bronx Columbus Day Parade Committee did not invite Mayor Bill de Blasio to the event, saying he did not take a strong enough position to protect the Columbus statue in Columbus Circle.

They're told that Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas, leading to colonies on this side of the pond.

"The motion, let me be clear, is not about erasing history", said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, who announced the motion earlier this month, according to the Los Angeles Times. One is in New Haven on Wooster Square and the second is in Middletown at Harbor Park.

"There is a big police presence here so just to see that that happened is kind of surprising", said New Haven resident, Michael Stefanczyk.

De Blasio's office sent a statement to NBC 4 NY, saying there are no plans to remove the statue of Columbus, which has been under 24-hour police guard ahead of the controversial holiday.

Statues of Columbus have been the target of vandals in recent weeks.

President Donald Trump in a traditional holiday declaration diverged from former President Barack Obama's declarations by not mention any of Columbus' ills. Hawaii observes something called Discoverer's Day. I have no problem with a day recognizing Native American people. Most observances where held to mark Columbus' historic voyage. Particularly notable are 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus and 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, both by Charles C. Mann. Thousands were sent to Spain to be sold.

As you start your Columbus Day, we can only offer these words if you choose to ponder the meaning of today's holiday: buona fortuna. Two of the three protesters were dressed in fake chains.