Councilman Mark Squilla spearheaded the initiative in support of the Italian-American community, a move some find offensive on Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Today, activists painted the Andrew Jackson memorial in Washington, DC with a message: “Expect us.”
Both US Presidents have been highly criticized for their expansionist agendas and their racist and genocidal policies targeting Indigenous people.
Protesters and activists promise to continue to stage the Anti-Columbus Day Tour until the museum corrects the displays.
Over 200 people took part in the Decolonize This Place tour of the American Museum of Natural History, and joined the rally outside the museum to remove the controversial Roosevelt statue.
A protester took it upon themselves to mark one of the most glaring symbols of contemporary art excess and decadence — Maurizio Cattelan’s gold toilet at the Guggenheim Museum — with a “Decolonize This Place” sticker.
October 12, observed yesterday as a holiday, is most commonly known as Columbus Day in the United States, but is also recognized as Dia de la Raza throughout Latin America, as well as Indigenous People’s Day. Fraught with controversy, the various iterations of this holiday reflect the range of perspectives on Christopher Columbus and his legacies. The Columbus Day of my youth celebrates the heroic “discoverer” of the Americas, playing up mythical stories of his genius on insisting the world was round, and often neglecting the icky bits about the ensuing genocide of the indigenous peoples of the Americas.