"Indigenous Peoples Day is about more than a name change; it’s a refusal to allow the genocide of millions of Indigenous peoples to go unnoticed, and a demand for recognition of Indigenous humanity. Recognizing this day in place of what’s currently known as “Columbus Day” is a way to correct false histories, honor Indigenous peoples, and begin to correct some of the countless wrongs committed against Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (what’s now known as the Americas)."
Above, and more, from here: www.indigenouspeoplesdayma.org
I found this link on the site above: 8 Myths and Atrocities About Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day: indiancountrymedianetwork.com/history
I was astounded by how very different and wrong the history was, that I was taught about Columbus "discovering America." Reading that history link above was not easy. The truth is not easy.
I hope we can teach our children better than what I was taught.
We have an opportunity to do some right for the many wrongs done to Indigenous Peoples by changing the name of this holiday today, and changing what history is taught. Sign the petition here and support this cause: petitions.moveon.org/sign/recognize-indigenous
Cambridge, MA, did it in 2016! Read about it here.