Socialist Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant is behind a resolution to change Columbus Day to "Indigenous Peoples' Day" in her city.
Sawant, along with her fellow city councilman Bruce Harrell, both feel that it is wrong to center the focus on Columbus and his discovery of the New World because that ignores the indigenous people that were slaughtered and enslaved after he arrived.
According to MyNorthwest.com, Sawant said she desires the change as a show of solidarity with "people of color and indigenous people:"
These are historic facts, undisputed by historians and it is unconscionable that we celebrate Columbus as a hero.
The resolution partly states:
The City of Seattle recognizes that the Indigenous Peoples of the lands that would later become known as the Americas have occupied these lands since time immemorial.
The City of Seattle has a responsibility to oppose the systematic racism towards Indigenous people in the United States, which perpetuates high rates of poverty and income inequality, exacerbating disproportionate health, education, and social crises.
The motion's co-sponsor Harrell excitedly proclaimed, "This is going to be a great day for the City and at the risk of being a little colloquial, I want to milk this out a little bit."
Voting for the resolution is set for September 17. It is hoped that the mayor can announce passage "to great fanfare" on Columbus Day in October.