Another state has passed a law that officially does away with Columbus Day and instead will now celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on that day.
Vermont will now become the 6th state to pass such a law, after Maine did so back in March and following the footsteps of Alaska, Minnesota, New Mexico and Oregon.
“Vermont was founded and built upon lands whose original inhabitants were the Abenaki people and honors them and their ancestors,” the bill states. “The establishment of this holiday will aid in the cultural development of Vermont’s recognized tribes, while enabling all indigenous peoples in Vermont and elsewhere to move forward and formulate positive outcomes, from the history of colonization.”
But while the move celebrates the indigenous, it turns its back on the Italian immigrants that were originally celebrated by the holiday.
The National Italian American Foundation shared in a news release, “[w]hen Columbus Day was founded in 1937, the federal holiday provided a sense of dignity and self worth in light of the hostility and discrimination many Italian immigrants, Italians Americans, and Catholics (more broadly) faced.”