A movement to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day has gained momentum with radical anti-American Leftists in some parts of the U.S.
Los Angeles in August became the biggest city yet to decide to stop honoring the Italian explorer and instead recognize victims of colonialism.
Earier this month, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors joined the city, declaring that no later than 2019, the second Monday in October will be observed as Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day in Los Angeles County.
But such gestures to recognize indigenous people rather than the man who opened the Americas has prompted howls of outrage from Italian-Americans, who say eliminating their festival of ethnic pride is culturally insensitive, too.
“We had a very difficult time in this country for well over a hundred years,” said Basil Russo, president of the Order Italian Sons and Daughters of America. “Columbus Day is a day that we’ve chosen to celebrate who we are. And we’re entitled to do that just as they are entitled to celebrate who they are.”