To Abolish Columbus Day and create a new, separate day to honor Italian Americans

To Abolish Columbus Day and create a new, separate day to honor Italian Americans

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Dylan Hubbard started this petition to Italian Americans

All too frequently, and more so in these last few months horrible acts of violence racism towards minority and African American groups have become all too mainstream, this is absolutely horrendous and sickening. During these times of protest, many have been taking to action to destroy the symbolism and representations of Christopher Columbus. As an Italian American, we agree 100% percent he was a horrible individual who started a mass genocide of native peoples in the Americas. We will NOT stand idly by and support this monster. We agree that Columbus Day should be abolished and that Indigenous Peoples Day should be a new holiday  and celebrated country wide. However, We can not Ignore the fact of why Columbus Day was created. In the early 1900s, Italian migrants like my ancestors came to America  to start a new life. However, we were highly persecuted, mocked, targets of racism for years. In fact, a massacre against Italian Americans in New Orleans occurred in 1891. They were lynched just because their ethnicity. Italian Americans were a MAJOR group of original immigrants who played a key role in the process of BUILDING America and should be honored for that reason. So Abolish Columbus day, but still have a day in our HONOR as we as a people SUFFERED AND WORKED HARD and contributed greatly into building America as to what it is today. This petition is to help us be recognized and honored as a people, not under the memory of a sick man. WE SIMPLY AND HUMBLY ASK FOR THE RESPECT to be honored and respected for who we are as a people, and have a day to celebrate us, as many other cultures have days and months dedicated to them. So yes, abolish Columbus day and bring in Indigenous Peoples they as they are such great people who should be respected at all costs as they were the original Americans. But do NOT TAINT OUR MEMORY. AND KEEP IT ALIVE FOR GENERATIONS AND GIVE US A DAY! VIVA AL POPOLI ITALIANI AMERICANI!

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