Trump’s Columbus Day Speech Noticeably Absent of Native Americans
Trump’s Columbus Day speech very noticeably was absent from any mention of Native American peoples. As the idea of replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day has become more popular, Trump specifically chose not to mention the first dwellers of this land. Critics of Columbus Day say that the holiday doesn’t celebrate the founding of America, but rather the slaughter of America’s original people.
In Trump’s speech he recognized Columbus’ “ambitious and daring voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas five hundred and twenty-five years ago.” Trump also noted that the move is significant to the Italian Americans as an important move to permanently establish Europeans to the Americas. Several cities and even a few entire states celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of the Trump recognized Columbus Day. Minnesota, Vermont, Alaska and South Dakota are the four states that recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day statewide.
Trump’s speech was a stark difference from Obama’s speech last year that asked Americans to “acknowledge the pain and suffering reflected in the stories of Native Americans who had long resided” before them. Columbus Day has also sparked a bit of rebellion right here in Chicago. A 30-year-old man was charged with felony criminal damage Sunday after defacing government property. Kyle Miskell, 30, was caught spray-painting a Christopher Columbus state in the early hours on October 7. An off-duty Chicago police officer saw Miskell along with two others on their bikes damaging the statue.
Miskell was arrested just before 12:10 a.m. on Saturday in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood, but the other two taggers ran off. Miskell was caught with a can of red spray paint, wearing rubber gloves a ski mask, a bandana and black socks over his sneakers. He was held instead of posting for his $3,000 bail.