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Created by John Eipper on 10/12/21 4:16 AM

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Indigenous Peoples' Day 2021 (Enrique Torner, USA, 10/12/21 4:16 am)

Here hardly anybody celebrates Columbus Day anymore! Now the big celebration is Indigenous Peoples' Day, which Biden has this year proclaimed a national holiday. Here are some links for your delight:

https://www.npr.org/2021/10/11/1044823626/indigenous-peoples-day-native-americans-columbus

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/11/us/indigenous-peoples-day-2021-states-trnd/index.html

Here is Biden's official proclamation:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/10/08/a-proclamation-indigenous-peoples-day-2021/

Columbus is being put to death again!

JE comments:  October 12th has been politicized for a very long time, with Latin American nations recognizing the Día de la Raza, and Spain celebrating its Fiesta Nacional.  In Franco's time, it was the Día de la Hispanidad ("Spanishness").  Venezuela now observes the Day of Indigenous Resistance.  There are other names, too.  Encounter of Two Worlds Day, anyone?

Día de la Raza - Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre

Does Italy still remember its native son?  Biden's proclamation does not mention Columbus even once.  But when it comes to this historic day, I'm a purist:  it's October 12th, not the 11th or the nearest Monday it happens to fall on.


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  • Remembering Columbus in Italy (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy 10/11/21 5:00 PM)
    Of course, Italy continues to remember its native son Cristoforo Colombo, as he was the greatest mariner ever.

    Unfortunately during his times, Genoa (and Venice) was busy defending the Mediterranean (at least its northern shores) from the Ottoman and Saracen hordes and could not invest too much energy in the Atlantic.


    The slogan: "Columbus didn't discover anything--1000 native nations were already here" is true, but senseless for the progress of humanity.


    Anyway, it is useless for an Italian to discuss the present policies of another country about changing its official holidays.  Many countries do change them according to their shifting priorities.


    In the present case, the evolution seems to be going downward, as it is a slave of the "Big Money," which anesthetizes the people with the imperatives of woke, cancel culture, gender feelings, individual extreme rights versus duties, and so on.


    JE comments:  I hope not to appear too woke, but the "Columbus equals human progress" appraisal is not kind to the conquered peoples and their cultures.  Columbus took advantage of the triumph of technology, in particular navigational technology.  I guess you could call that progress.  When Columbus comes up in my classes, I always make this tautological point:  if Columbus hadn't "discovered" America, a different mariner would have done the same thing within a decade or two.


    Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day, everyone!


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  • For Biden, It's Columbus Day AND Indigenous Peoples' Day (Silvia Ribelles de la Vega, USA 10/12/21 11:07 AM)
    Thank you to Enrique Torner for bringing the issue of poor Columbus to WAIS.

    To me, the most interesting part (and truly striking, if you are a history purist) is in the presidential proclamation that came after the one shared on this thread, especially in the part where he (or whoever it was that wrote this proclamation) describes what followed after that first voyage of Columbus, the "first of many Italian explorers to arrive in (....) the Americas."


    Pasen y vean:


    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/10/08/a-proclamation-on-columbus-day-2021/


    JE comments: Silvia, you've given us the other half of the story!  Uncle Joe wants it both ways:  it's Indigenous People's Day, but you also don't want to alienate the Italian-Americans.  Note that in both proclamations, Spain gets the short shrift.

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