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Los Angeles Renames Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day:

• by Mish

In the name of political correctness, the city of LA decided to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day.

Why not just do away with it altogether? City officials want the paid time off.

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to eliminate Columbus Day from the city calendar, siding with activists who view the explorer as a symbol of genocide for native peoples in North America and elsewhere.

Over the objections of Italian American civic groups, the council made the second Monday in October a day in L.A. to commemorate "indigenous, aboriginal and native people." It replaces a holiday that served as a touchstone for Italian Americans, marking the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Caribbean.

Italian Americans voiced anguish over the proposal, telling council members it would erase a portion of their heritage. Some said they supported the creation of Indigenous Peoples Day as long as it is held on a different date.