CNN published a report Monday that pointed out that President Trump didn’t mention the “dark history” of Christopher Columbus in his Columbus day statement.
The article opens, “Never mind the disease and slavery wrought by Christopher Columbus’ voyage — or the fact that he didn’t actually ‘discover’ the New World. President Donald Trump’s first presidential proclamation of Columbus Day gave only high praise to the 15th century explorer, a stark contrast to the proclamation made by President Barack Obama one year earlier.”
The post points out that many now celebrate “Indigenous People’s Day” instead of Columbus Day, quoting a Los Angles city councilman who characterized Columbus legacy as, “extreme violence, enslavement, and brutality.”
The Trump White House’s statement praises the, “permanent arrival of Europeans to the Americas.” The statement also expressed warmth towards Italy, saying, “(t)here can be no doubt that American culture, business, and civic life would all be much less vibrant in the absence of the Italian American community.”
A number of activists have taken issue with Columbus Day. Some Antifa members have called for statues of Columbus to be defaced across the country in protest of the holiday. In Chicago, a man was arrested for allegedly vandalizing a statue of the Italian explorer. (RELATED: Chicago Man Arrested For Vandalizing Christopher Columbus Statue)