Portland, Maine is the second major American city to rename the annual October holiday, commonly known as Columbus Day, as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” following a unanimous vote by the Portland City Council.
According to the Portland Press Herald, the town became the latest Maine municipality to abandon the holiday celebrating famed Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, who arrived in the Western Hemisphere in October of 1492.
“This is like a slap in the face to the Italians who reside here,” said a member of the Italian-American Heritage Center.
“We look at that as something that celebrates our contribution to the city of Portland and the country overall,” said another member. “We understand all of these things are tainted in history.”
The national debate over historical American symbols and memorials continues to rage throughout the country. What began as a conversation regarding the place of Confederate statues on public property has spilled over into other, less controversial historical symbols, including the national anthem, Thomas Jefferson, the American flag, and Christopher Columbus.
Statues dedicated to Columbus have been vandalized by left-wing activists throughout the country in places like New York City, Baltimore, Houston, and Buffalo.
“He’s a rapist. He’s an enslaver,” said one liberal Portland resident. “If he were alive today there is no doubt he would be on death row. It’s absolute nonsense.”