Should Columbus Day be renamed Indigenous Peoples Day? Why or why not?
Today is Columbus Day. It’s day set aside to recognize the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus in 1492.
However, many communities across the country, including Traverse City here in Northern Michigan, are replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. There are four states that don’t celebrate Columbus Day, either.
Instead of a European explorer, Indigenous Peoples Day recognizes the native peoples of the Americas. Those in favor of the change say Christopher Columbus had a hand in the genocide of natives and should not be celebrated.
For today’s Fox Topix, we want to know: Should Columbus Day be renamed Indigenous Peoples Day? Why or why not?
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