Who Hijacked Our Country

Monday, October 06, 2014


Wipe out almost the entire native population of the land you discovered — slaughter, slavery, disease — and then get a holiday named after you?!?

Seattle has now joined a few other cities and states that have renamed Columbus Day.  Bellingham, WA — north of Seattle, almost to the Canadian border — is considering whether to change Columbus Day to Coast Salish Day.

Minneapolis voted earlier this year to change the holiday to Indigenous People's Day.  And the states of Hawaii and South Dakota have renamed Columbus Day to Discoverers' Day and Native Americans Day, respectively.

The Seattle City Council vote took place this afternoon.  But last week the Seattle School Board voted unanimously for the city's schools to observe Indigenous People's Day instead of Columbus Day.  The Seattle School Board's resolution says the board “recognizes the fact that Seattle is built upon the homelands and villages of the Indigenous Peoples of this region, without whom the building of the City would not have been possible.”

The resolution also says the board “has a responsibility to oppose the systematic racism towards Indigenous people in the United States, which perpetuates high rates of poverty and income inequality, exacerbating disproportionate health, education and social crises.”

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe it was Berkeley that started the Indigenous People's Day as they've been having parades for almost 20 years


October 6, 2014 at 10:25 PM  
Blogger Pat Carrithers said...

Good post.

October 7, 2014 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Good for Berkeley. I think San Francisco still celebrates Columbus Day, probably because of the city's huge Italian population.

Pat: Thanks.

October 7, 2014 at 11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not exactly huge anymore! A recent article in the Chron showed Columbus Day and St. Patrick's day parades so low in attendance the city has almost considered cancelling them.

While Gay Freedom Day is #1 followed (in no order) by Chinese New Years, Cinco de Mayo and Carnival!


October 7, 2014 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: I didn't know that, but I guess I should have seen it coming. Chinatown keeps encroaching on North Beach, and I haven't even been to those neighborhoods for over 10 years. For all I know, Cafe Trieste has been a Chinese restaurant for the past 9 years.

October 7, 2014 at 5:18 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Hey Tom, Cafe Trieste now has more than one location. Only reason I know this, I have been to the one in Monterey. far as I know it's still up on North Beach. Next time I am in the area I will check for you.

October 13, 2014 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: I knew Cafe Trieste had a branch in Sausalito (at least they used to) but I didn't know about one in Monterey. I assume the original one in North Beach is still there. It's so iconic and full of atmosphere, it would be tragic beyond words if they ever closed.

October 13, 2014 at 4:19 PM  

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