Westborough Select Board reevaluates Columbus Day name change discussion, citing concerns

Oct 10, 2021 221

BY: Stuart Foster

The Westborough Select Board recently opted not to entertain a motion to schedule and hold a public listening session about a proposal to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. Gathered for a meeting on Sept. 28, the board decided to add the item to their next agenda due to concern over how the proposal, which was unanimously recommended by the Westborough Diversity and Inclusion Committee, had been previously handled. 

“I do think, candidly, there is a part of me that thinks that we should entirely table this and start back from zero as a process, but I sort of feel like the cat is out of the bag,” said Select Board member Shelby Marshall. Marshall, who is also a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, said that she had heard many comments from community members that the process was less than ideal, which she said she takes full responsibility for.

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SOURCE: https://www.communityadvocate.com

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