Italian-Americans Sue Philadelphia Over Cancellation of Columbus Day Holiday

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, by Sebastiano del Piombo, 1519, Italian painting, oil on canvas. The inscription stating the sitter as Columbus was probably added after the painting was made and identification

A group of Philadelphians of Italian descent are suing the city for its decision to end Columbus Day and replace it with “Indigenous People’s Day.”

Along with the local Philly citizens, a city councilman, Democrat Mark Squilla, is also part of the lawsuit.

Per ABC News:

The plaintiffs, who include Councilman Mark Squilla, allege that Kenney’s recent executive order renaming the October holiday fits a pattern of discrimination by the mayor against his Italian American constituents, who they say should be designated a protected class.

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Also cited are efforts to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus from south Philadelphia and last year’s removal of a statue of ex-mayor and police commissioner Frank Rizzo from outside the municipal services building near City Hall after it became a target for protests.

After the Rizzo statue was removed, defenders gathered at the Columbus statue in Marconi Plaza statue and protesters also arrived. The groups clashed for days before the city covered up the statue with a wooden structure and announced plans to seek to its removal.

Of course, the famed Italian explorer has become a target of the cancel culture over the last decade as leftists falsely accuse him of “genocide” and forcing native South American people’s to become Christians.

The truth is, Columbus had no hand in slavery, forced conversions, or the mass murder of native peoples.

Philly is hardly the only Democrat-infested city to dump Columbus Day, but it is the first to face a lawsuit over the issue.

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Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.
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