On Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted to eliminate Columbus Day. They decided to replace the holiday with Indigenous Peoples Day to “commemorate indigenous, aboriginal and native people.”
For city officials, the holiday will remain a paid holiday.
The city council voted 14-1 to approve the change.
Vote 14-1. LA City Council rejects "Diversity Day" affirms "Indigenous Peoples Day" to replace Columbus Day by 2019. pic.twitter.com/bTEbUAk2pK
— Miriam Hernandez (@abc7miriam) August 30, 2017
The one vote that was against this move was Councilman’s Joe Buscaino, who wanted a holiday that celebrates “all of the diverse cultures in the city,” called “Diversity Day.”
Buscaino stated, “All of our individual cultures matter,” and he asked his colleagues not to “cure one offense with another.”
But his proposal was rejected by the council.
“This gesture of replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day is a very small step in apologizing and in making amends,” Councilman Mike Bonin stated, the great-grandson of Italian immigrants.
L.A. follows other cities such as Phoenix, Seattle, Albuquerque, Denver, and Portland that have already replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.
This change will go into effect in 2019.
Here are some reactions on Twitter:
Congratulations to LA today for changing Columbus day to Indigenous Peoples Day! So proud to those who fought hard for this ??
— ?? (@Brianajo_xo) August 30, 2017
LA REPLACED COLUMBUS DAY WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY AND I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE PROUD
— jessy (@JESSlCAZHU) August 31, 2017
Hella proud of LA for replacing Columbus day with Indigenous Peoples Day. This needs to happen EVERYWHERE.
— LILI LA ARTISTA (@CHlSMOSA) August 30, 2017
— Frances Fisher (@Frances_Fisher) August 30, 2017
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