What happened to Columbus Day? Cities across America have abandoned Columbus Day in support of Indigenous Peoples’ Day which honors the Native Americans who lived during the years of Christopher Columbus.
Critics of Columbus Day accuse it to be a false holiday celebrating Columbus’ “discovery of America” and the European contribution to the enslavement of the indigenous people.
In 1991, the city of Berkeley, Calif. became the first to adopt the day. Now, more than 70 cities have stopped recognizing Columbus Day this year, with mayors and celebrities speaking out against the holiday. On August 30, 2017, the Los Angeles City Council voted in favor of replacing Columbus Day, celebrating the first official Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday, October 8, 2018 (www.ajc.com).