Holyoke drops Christopher Columbus for Indigenous Peoples Day

Jun 17, 2021 288

BY: Dusty Christensen

Holyoke has become the latest local community to ditch Christopher Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day. In a 10 to 3 vote Tuesday night, the City Council voted in favor of the change, which communities across the country are making in recognition of Columbus’ role in the genocide and enslavement of Indigenous people in the Americas.

In particular, Columbus played a direct role in killing and imprisoning the Taíno people, who populated the Greater Antilles islands of the Caribbean, including what later became known as Puerto Rico. “They would make fine servants,” Columbus wrote in his log at the time. “With 50 men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”

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