Buffalo-based broadcast journalist Susan Marie has launched a petition, calling for the abolition of Christopher Columbus Day. Instead, she (and others) are fighting to promote a day that celebrates and honors Indigenous People, who, to this day, continue to suffer from oppressive events that befell an American Indian nation.
“The City of Buffalo has a strong history of American Indian culture,” Susan Marie posted, along with a link to the petition. “It is time for the city to reflect and honor that tradition in order to progress, recognize and celebrate the history of Indigenous People. Indigenous People’s Day already exists on August 8th in Buffalo, New York. This petition is for the abolition of Christopher Columbus Day, the 2nd Monday in October, an outdated and historically incorrect celebration, in favor of Indigenous Heritage Day.”