The Seattle City Council is completing a bit of unfinished business today – after evidently finishing up all other pressing city business — reaching back to a resolution first debated September 2nd, to change the recognized federal holiday Columbus Day to “National Indigenous People Day.” The Council’s debate was spurred by a resolution sponsored by none other than Socialist City Councilmember Kshama Sawant (joined by Democrat Bruce Harrell).
So today, with the eyes of the nation on Seattle (due to the Seahawks playing on Monday Night Football against none other than the Washington Redskins), the council will vote to pass that resolution.
KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson sarcastically explained that the city councilmembers “want Columbus Day no more because Columbus didn’t just sail the ocean blue in 1492, but he also was apparently a horrible, genocidal person.”
Sawant and Harrell’s resolution states in part,
“The City of Seattle has a responsibility to oppose the systematic racism towards Indigenous people in the United States, which perpetuates high rates of poverty and income inequality, exacerbating disproportionate health, education, and social crises.”
The truly astonishing aspect of the resolution is that there never really was a debate on the merits of offending the city’s Italian community — for the City Council or Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. In fact, the main point of contention was not whether or not the Council would pass the resolution. Rather, the Council debated when they would officially change the holiday’s name.
Back in September, Murray asked the Council to delay the resolution’s passage so he could engage in an act of pure political theater by signing it on October 13 — since resolutions must be signed within 10 days of their passage. Murray — presumably with nothing better to do — actually took the time to address the Council to explain his reasoning. “The idea was to sign it on the day to make it a bigger ceremony at that point,” Murray said.
Harrell agreed with Murray’s plan for a big show. Pointing out that only one camera—that of KIRO 7—was present to cover the resolution’s passage in September, Harrell admitted he wanted “20 cameras to cover the historic event.” He openly stated that “delaying the vote will give the resolution more attention.”
Sawant disagreed, not wanting to disappoint activists in attendance. In the end, Murray and Harrell won out. Which is why the Council will, at some point today, pass the resolution and change Columbus Day to National Indigenous People Day.
Assuming the City Council continues to have nothing better to do on the taxpayers’ dime, Seattleites might also expect Council members to use future meeting to debate the need for more holiday name changes (can you guess which ones are actual demands made by liberal progressives?):
- Change Thanksgiving Day to “Family and Early American Heritage Day”: Liberals obviously think the Pilgrims only brought disease and strife to Native Americans, therefore there is nothing to be thankful for on Thanksgiving.
- Change Christmas to “Colorfully Wrapped Presents Day”: Christmas contains the word “Christ” and, while the holiday is a celebration of His birthday, the name is better left out of anything government might have to repeat.
- Change Valentine’s Day to “Red Hearts and Roses Day”: Wait… wasn’t St. Valentine a martyr of the early Christian church? He can’t have his own holiday.
- Easter to “Peter Rabbit Day”: For true liberal progressives, the holiday that is the focal point of Christianity definitely cannot be tolerated… besides there are a lot of famous bunnies out there that deserve their time in the spotlight.