Target: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray
Goal: Applaud the city of Seattle for changing Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day
The Seattle City Council approved a resolution to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day city-wide. Seattle mayor Ed Murray signed the measure next to both council members and local tribal leaders. This change marks another step in a growing movement to get rid of Columbus Day altogether.
In spite of what many children are taught in U.S. schools, Columbus was not a hero. He was personally responsible for the enslavement, abuse, and murder of hundreds of indigenous persons who were already living on the land that he stole in the name of an imperialist nation. His legacy is one of brutal, deadly racism and should not be celebrated in any civilized country, especially considering the fact that indigenous peoples are still often ignored and abused in the U.S.
Replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day is a small gesture in the face of a long and terrible history of genocide, but it’s still a step in the right direction if we want to promote awareness of and respect for the people whose nation was stolen from them. Sign this petition to praise Seattle mayor Ed Murray and the city council for putting a stop to the celebration of a murderer and instead celebrating our indigenous tribes.
Dear Mayor Murray,
I wanted to send my appreciation for the creation and signing of a resolution to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day. It’s utterly shameful to have a day dedicated to celebrating a man who was responsible for the suffering and death of so many, and it’s much more appropriate to celebrate the culture of the peoples who have endured so much at the hands of the U.S. government and its citizens.
For many years now, people of indigenous tribes in the U.S. as well as their supporters have been pushing to have Columbus Day abolished or replaced across the country, as it’s a terrible insult to them, their culture, and their history. They’ve long been ignored by the majority of the country. By signing the resolution that changes Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day, you’ve taken a step in the right direction and added your voice to those who demand respect and consideration for the native peoples of the U.S. who have been and continue to be abused by the same people who took their land so long ago.
I thank you for doing the right thing, and I hope to see more positive actions like this one from you in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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