For me, with Columbus, it’s complicated. I have no problem with the removal of statues that memorialize treasonous Confederate generals or KKK leaders. Columbus shouldn’t be lumped in with those individuals. We’ve celebrated our rich heritage on October 12 with parades, food and speeches. There is nothing proslavery in our festivities.
For my grandparents, Roosevelt’s well-publicized proclamation of the Columbus Day holiday, in 1934, symbolized the acceptance of