A number of similar statues have been defaced across the country.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted this week to eliminate all references to Columbus Day as a county holiday, designating October 12 as Italian American Heritage Day and creating a new Indigenous Peoples Day.
Even so, Korten emphasized that celebrating Columbus' history "is not a matter of race, but a matter of remembering an unprecedented encounter between peoples from vastly different cultures and societies who found out for the first time that the other existed". Here are some of the reasons why.
The controversy over Monday's Columbus Day Parade in New York City is building, as is the debate over which historical figures should be honored in the United States.
To commemorate Columbus's historic voyage, Congress passed a joint resolution on April 30, 1934, which was modified in 1968, to recognize Columbus Day.
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Later Monday morning, the local Knights of Columbus chapter will unveil a statute of Christopher Columbus that they say has been planned for at least 3 years.
While he admits Columbus had his flaws, he does not think it undermines his accomplishments.
Guy Jones, president of the Miami Valley for Native Americans, told the Cincinnati Enquirer that because of the defeat, Native Americans again are left out.
"What message does it send to our children to celebrate the genocide of indigenous people?" "We do this because our history books erase such history. You honor it by making it no longer invisible". While Leftists recently have targeted Columbus for ridicule and rejection, historians agree on his monumental impact. Demographics encourage different celebrations. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, "The Italian American Civic League of Utah sent the City Council a letter September 26, understanding the proposed resolution as the rejection of Columbus Day - "an uncalled-for affront to our culture" and "degrading and demeaning to all Italian-Americans".