“Today is not intended to take anything away from any other community or group in Seattle,” [Mayor Ed] Murray said. “We are not removing any other designation or holiday in Seattle. We respect and honor all our city’s cultural traditions, community groups and history, including Italian Americans.”
But it would appear that Columbus will never be depicted as the brave explorer who sailed the ocean blue in 1492. For a major underlying purpose of Indigenous Peoples’ Day is about rewriting the history of North America as it is taught in schools.Which will be in conflict with other 'history' and values taught in those schools. After all, the natives were holding all the land--the most important form of wealth in the 15th century--and willing to kill the outnumbered, huddled masses, on the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. Who, yearning to be free, had emigrated to the new lands across the Atlantic, only to be massacred when they built a settlement.
On the night of December 24-25, 1492, Christopher Columbus’ flagship, the Santa María, ran aground off the northern coast of the island of Hispaniola and had to be abandoned. With no room for the stranded sailors, Columbus was forced to found the La Navidad (“Christmas”), first European settlement in the New World. When he returned the following year, he found that the colonists had been massacred by natives.Not ones to share their wealth, were they.