Baltimore City Council to consider changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day

Baltimore City Councilman proposes changing name of Columbus Day: "We shouldn't celebrate terrorists."

The Baltimore City Council is considering a bill that would change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day within the city limits.

City Councilman Brandon Scott introduced the legislation Thursday after students at City Neighbors High School suggested it.

"We shouldn't celebrate terrorists," Scott said of the bill's purpose. "That's what celebrating Christopher Columbus does. Very rarely do we have a chance to correct the wrongs of history. This is about Christopher Columbus. This is not anything against Italian-Americans."

Columbus Day is celebrated the second Monday of each October. Scott's bill says renaming the day to Indigenous Peoples Day would honor "the many peoples inhabiting North America before its colonization by European settlers."

Scott said the bill would change the name of the holiday on all official city communications and publications.

Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer who in 1492 landed on an island in the Bahamas. He later explored other Caribbean islands and Central America, but never reached the land today known as the United States of America.

Columbus has been accused by several historians of initiating the transatlantic slave trade and committing violence against people native to the lands he explored.

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