On Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council approved a motion to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day.
The council capitulated to critics who accused Columbus of genocide, saying the second Monday in October will now be a day to commemorate “indigenous, aboriginal and native people.”
The council ignored Italian-Americans, who proposed keeping Columbus Day but offering a different day to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day. Ann Potenza, president of Federated Italo-Americans of Southern California, protested to a room filled with Native Americans, “On behalf of the Italian community, we want to celebrate with you. We just don’t want it to be at the expense of Columbus Day.”