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Austin City Council nixes Columbus Day
The Austin City Council votes to stop recognizing Columbus Day, and rename the second Monday of every October as "Indigenous Peoples' Day." The council says Columbus Day represents violence and hatred, and Dr. Tane Ward with the group Equilibrio said the city needs to erase the name from history, and give one day to those who suffered under the famed explorer.
Ward feels they're within their right to call for a renaming of everything, including the city of Austin itself, and explained, Stephen F. Austin helped promote slavery in Texas.
The city will tell Austin-area schools to no longer celebrate Columbus Day, and instead focus only on the new Indigenous People's Day.