Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on what will be celebrated on Oct. 11th:
In 2019, the National Education Association (NEA) announced that it âbelieves that the history of colonization needs to be recognized and acknowledged in every state.â To that end, it said âthe name of the current holiday known as âColumbus Dayâ should be renamed and recognized as âIndigenous Peoplesâ Day.â Its position remains unchanged.
The NEA was only partially successful. Some cities and states have adopted its stance, but many others have not.
On October 11, some schools will be closed in observance of Columbus Day; some will be closed in observance of Indigenous Peoplesâ Day; some will be closed in honor of both days; others will recognize neither day and will remain open. Click here to see the breakdown.
This is not a healthy situation. A country that cannot agree on who to honor is in trouble. Worse, a country whose public officials take no action against those who destroy statues on public land of those who have made significant contributions to American society are sending the wrong message. When a nationâs historically renowned figures become part of our throw-away culture, it does not bode well for instilling patriotism in young people.
Judging past historical figures through todayâs lens will likely mean that some of those in favor of excising tributes to legendary persons will themselves be erased from history. So be it.
We at the Catholic League are taking off on October 11th, in honor of Christopher Columbus. Sorry NEA, you carry no weight with us.
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