Hope and pray they take Columbus day up off the calendar
Christopher Columbus was the first to “discover” the “New World” and is subsequently hailed as a pioneer, a hero for America — although there were already people inhabiting America. Columbus was commissioned by the Spanish to find and take any and all gold he found at any cost. Columbus was responsible for the genocide of the peaceful Arawak Indians (over 3 million dead in 14 years) and that’s why Lupe wants Columbus day removed as an official holiday because it is celebrating murder, greed, and imperialism.
Lupe mentions California because it is one of the states that removed Columbus Day as a paid government holiday, although it is still on the Calender. A few of California’s cities refer to the holiday as Indigenous People Day instead, such as Berkeley. They seem to be closer to removing Columbus Day than other states.
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