In Cincinnati, Ohio a surprising result was registered after local council members were put to vote regarding the change of Columbus Day holiday celebrations into Indigenous People Day.
The vote results were a definite surprise as the party to advance the change expected either a fierce opposition or an excited approval. Instead, the motion fell through after five of the nine comprising council members decided to abstain from voting whilst the four remaining members voted “yes”, just one vote away from passing the proposal.
As the unusual voting results were announced a wave of surprise accompanied the decision as councilwoman Yvette Simpson, the one to advance the change, fails to understand the neutral standing of her peers and believes that maybe her idea was misunderstood or had its purpose twisted around.
A debate could easily arise based both on the vote and its lack or resolve and on the various facts that such a decision would entail. The idea of having to choose between the two different aspects of American history caused feelings of displeasure. Although the proposing party maintained that the vote’s idea was not to replace one holiday for another but to unite them, the voters felt that they were forced to pick a piece of American lore over the other.
The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission (CHRC) alongside its helpers supported the proposition, as their scope was to promote and celebrate Indigenous People Day not instead, but along with Columbus Day. The CHRC felt that their request to be quite justified and easily achievable, as the decision to celebrate both holidays wouldn’t impend anyone from participating in the Columbus Day festivities.
However, they do feel the need to push for a decision in regards to the Indigenous People holiday as they consider that people should be made more aware of this part of their history. Their reasoning states that people should know more about the matter, as it is not a problem of political standpoints or of moral dilemma in regards their disappearance at the hands of conquering Europeans. The problem would be, from their point of view, that people do not hold sufficient knowledge in regards to the indigenous people and the reasons why America can be considered to have been born from them.
A number of cities have already decided to change next Monday’s holiday, Denver and Phoenix being included amongst the most recent additions to the list of cities that have decided to forgo Columbus Day and instead celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day.
What is the reader’s opinion on the matter and what should be celebrated come Monday?
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