It’s the kind of political correctness to be expected in a city that elected a socialist and ordered workers to quit using the term “citizen” in official documents. On Monday, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to change Columbus Day to “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” to recognize that Native Americans were on the continent before Christopher Columbus first set foot on it in 1492.
Mayor Ed Murray is expected to “swiftly” sign the measure, Reuters said. Once signed, the change will take effect for the upcoming holiday.
But the measure doesn’t end there. It also acknowledges that Seattle, a city named after a tribal chief, was built atop indigenous peoples’ homes, Reuters added.
“Nobody discovered Seattle, Washington,” Quinault Nation President Fawn Sharp told the city council. “This action will allow us to bring into future and present a day honoring our rich history.”
But not everyone is happy with the move. Americans of Italian descent are not pleased with the new designation, and urged the council to find another day to designate as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.”
“Italians are intensely offended,” said Seattle native Lisa Marchese. “For decades, Italian-Americans celebrated not the man, but the symbol of Columbus Day. That symbol means we honor the legacy of our ancestors who immigrated to Seattle, overcame poverty, a language barrier, and above all, discrimination.”
But the real goal is not to honor Native Americans, as the council claims. Seattle is a liberal city, and liberals have hated Columbus Day for years. After all, had Columbus not set foot on the continent, America as we know it would not exist. The real goal, it seems, is to diminish Columbus’ discovery in order to diminish America in some way.
“He seems to be somehow blamed for everything from the enslavement and overthrow of all the indigenous peoples to the burning of the rain forests. Columbus was wrong about many things, to be sure,” Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw wrote, noting that the explorer thought he’d made it to Asia until the day he died. “But what were the great evils he represents which get people so up in arms? The guy set out into the great unknown and wound up unleashing a new era in human development and enterprise. He was hardly perfect, but it still seems fitting to celebrate his accomplishments.”
Seattle, Reuters added, is not the first city to designate Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the second Monday in October. That honor goes to Minneapolis, while the California city of Berkeley, known for being a bastion of extreme liberalism, stopped recognizing Columbus Day in 1992. The Seattle School Board also voted to observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day in local public schools last week.