San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to rename Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day to honor the Native Individuals right here earlier than Columbus “found” America and who grew to become victims of the nation’s subsequent colonization.
Malia Cohen, a member on the board, led the laws which was voted on 10-to-1 in favor of the change.
Aaron Peskin—representing the traditionally Italian North Seaside neighborhood—was the only real vote in opposition to the change. Some Italian-Individuals bristled on the vote and mentioned they’re dropping the vacation meant to have a good time their distinctive heritage.
“That is an insult to the Italians who’ve accomplished a lot for town of San Francisco,” Christina Olivolo, a member of an Italian Girls’s membership in San Francisco, instructed The San Francisco Examiner after the vote.
She instructed the paper she was positive with eradicating Columbus’ title from the vacation, sympathizing with the indigenous individuals who have been victims of colonization, however most well-liked to name it “Italian Heritage Day” as a approach to proceed honoring folks of Italian descent.
Norman Yee, one other board member, mentioned he hopes the board can discover one other approach to honor Italian-Individuals.
San Francisco joined at the least 55 different cities, together with Los Angeles and Minneapolis, in renaming the vacation to have a good time the folks predating the arrival of Christopher Columbus within the Americas.
The Related Press contributed to this report.