|SoCal's reactions to Los Angeles' first annual Indigenous People's Day (TakeTwo.org)|
|Take Two Host A Martinez*|
|"Life Before Columbus" celebration, West Los Angeles, near UCLA, Oct. 8, 2017|
|Give me back my day. I'm a Catholic Jew.|
Others were less enthused by the chosen branding of the holiday since it did not reflect on the Tongva's contributions to the U.S.
|Truth stranger than fiction: Inglorious Chris|
That fear of elimination made others believe that the best way to mitigate the issue would be to name the day after something more inclusive and general.
"I really don’t think it should be changed into anything but Immigrant's Day simply because we’re all immigrants," said Jay Renee Yarborough [and why honor anyone in particular just because they were nearly eradicated from the land we're standing on?]
"It really shouldn’t be this one or that one," she added. "It should be all of us because all of us have united [under the banner of genocide, ethnic cleansing, child abduction, forced boarding-school enrollment to strip Native American children of language, culture, and virginity] together to create this beautiful country we’re in."
For more on the Life Before Columbus event, and Columbus Day's replacement with Indigenous People's Day, click here.
*A Martí nez, host of Take Two, is an L.A. native who grew up in Koreatown, attended Daniel Murphy High School, and played baseball at L.A. City College before getting a journalism degree at Cal State Northridge.
- Columbus didn't discover America. Who did? (Edward Vining)
- Mapping Indigenous Los Angeles (UCLA)
- UCLA project reveals "invisible" presence of the Tongva: Scholars and Tongva tribe members develop educational resources that shed light on California’s indigenous past, sustainable future.