The Washington Examiner reported yesterday that Maine Governor Janet Mills signed a bill Friday to abolish Columbus Day. The holiday will now be celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
The article reports:
“There is power in a name and in who we choose to honor. Today, we take another step in healing the divisions of the past,” Mills said.
Native groups have been critical of Christopher Columbus, viewing his discovery of America as an attack on American Indians.
In 2018, the city of Los Angeles tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus citing what they believed was exploitation of native peoples by the explorer.
Mills joined in the signing ceremony by multiple former and current American Indian chiefs.
At least five states and dozens of cities have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Columbus Day still remains a federal holiday.
There is an ebb and flow of civilizations in history. The Mayans and the Incas are no longer the great civilizations they once were. The beauty of Rome and Greece have fallen. At various times England was inhabited by Normans, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, etc. The while settlers who settled America took land from the Indians and treated them badly, but on occasion the Indians also took land from each other and treated each other badly. No civilization is perfect or has been the picture of perfection throughout its history. We can’t change the past. Erasing it does not change it. It is an unfortunate fact of history that civilizations ebb and flow, but ultimately, we are not responsible for the sins of our ancestors. We simply weren’t there, and changing the name of a holiday really doesn’t change anything.