Abolish Columbus Day and Re-name it,
U. S. Congress, State and Local Elected Officials
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American national holidays should be days that bring a sense pride and togetherness for ALL Americans, and stem from an American perspective. Columbus Day fails that test on all counts. First Americans Day would be a holiday that would be meaningful to each and every American. It would be a holiday that would be from an American perspective rather from an Euro-centric one. And, finally it would be a holiday that would instill pride in us as a collective group of people, while still recognizing and honoring our differences. The concept is one that is a win-win for all Americans regardless of their heritage.
The primary honor and recognition from this holiday would go to American Indians, who deserve a national holiday in their honor and dont have one. Secondly, it would also allow people, of other cultures, to honor their own First Americans, i.e. Christopher Columbus (Italian-Americans), the first Irish-Americans, the first Chinese-Americans, the first English-Americans, the first African-Americans etc. Families could get together and honor their own personal First American Ancestors, encouraging people to get interested in their genealogical family histories. In this way, whether we are immigrants, native-born descendants of immigrants, or American Indians, we can all join hands and celebrate the fact that we are united as Americans. Let us honor ALL those who made the blessing of being an American possible.
We therefore request that our Congressional Representatives re-name the federal holiday known as Columbus Day to First Americans Day. We also urge state and local elected officials, as well as businesses to do the same.