Blue Jersey Poll: Should New Jersey junk Columbus Day?

First time I came across these words above, I assumed they were invented to satisfy somebody’s desire to meme. But these are Columbus’ words, his massive disrespect for the people he “discovered” on his sailing voyages in search of gold for Spain. [See  Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.]

Should New Jersey adopt Indigenous People’s Day, and junk Columbus Day? More than 70 cities have, including many with few Native American residents; Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Phoenix, Madison, Denver, Cincinnati & Berkeley. Columbus, Ohio isn’t even celebrating Columbus this year, in the city named for the guy.  In NYC, 12,000 people want Mayor DeBlasio to lead the switch. As for states, Hawaii, Oregon, South Dakota and Alaska have all turned their backs on Columbus, for Indigenous People’s Day or Native American Day.

Donald Trump doesn’t even mention Native Americans on this day, as previous presidents have. He bigly worships gold just like Columbus did. New Jersey? We officially celebrate Columbus Day. Should we make a change? [You can select up to 3 choices]

Should New Jersey junk Columbus Day, for Indigenous People’s Day?

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Comments (6)

  1. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

    So, some New Jersey demographics trivia:

    Q: What NJ city has the highest percentage of Italians?
    A: See next Comment

    Q: What percentage of NJ is Italian?
    A: See next Comment

    Q: NJ’s one of 21 states with more than 100,000 Native American or Alaska Native residents. Name 7 more?
    A: See next Comment

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  2. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

    Answers to New Jersey demographic trivia questions:

    So, some New Jersey demographics trivia:

    Q: What NJ city has the highest percentage of Italians?
    A: Hammonton!

    Q: What percentage of NJ is Italian?
    A: 17.9% (behind CT & RI – but only off by about 1%)

    Q: NJ’s one of 21 states with more than 100,000 Native American or Alaska Native residents. Name 7 more?
    A: States besides NJ: California, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, New York, New Mexico, Washington, North Carolina, Florida, Michigan, Colorado, Alaska, Illinois, Oregon, Minnesota, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin

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  3. nick sodano

    Rename Oct 12 “Immigration Day” as a celebration of ALL the peoples who have come to the United States and made contributions. I think this would be a great way to counter unwelcome hostility toward immigrants.

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    1. Marie Corfield

      LOVE IT!!

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  4. Joe

    Columbus was a great navigator but a horrible manager, governor, colonizer (I guess colonizer is horrible by definition). How was Columbus any worse than the founding fathers and all the early presidents who committed genocide, extreme ethnic cleansing and forced removal of the original peoples from their native lands. We stole the land from the original peoples and then decimated their culture, lives, language when they were not being outright slaughtered. Maybe we could substitute Amerigo Vespucci for Columbus Day? Unless it turns out that Vespucci was as bad as Columbus. Indigenous Peoples Day sounds like the best.
    From huffpost, 11-25-10: The first Thanksgiving Day did occur in the year 1637, but it was nothing like our Thanksgiving today. On that day the Massachusetts Colony Governor, John Winthrop, proclaimed such a “Thanksgiving” to celebrate the safe return of a band of heavily armed hunters, all colonial volunteers. They had just returned from their journey to what is now Mystic, Connecticut where they massacred 700 Pequot Indians. Seven hundred Indians – men, women and children – all murdered. end quote

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  5. Virginia Faulkner

    If anyone’s feeling is that Columbus no longer deserves being honored, which is a very reasonable thought, just bite the bullet and give up the holiday, don’t rename it or give it a cosmetic makeover.

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