Columbia doesn’t officially recognize Columbus Day, but that doesn’t mean the day is free from controversy. For one thing, it is still an officially-sanctioned government holiday. Since there is literally nothing Columbia students can’t argue about, and yeah, this is an important issue, it’s no surprise that there are posters everywhere. Over the past week, most of them have come from CUCR’s barbecue advertising, but today we’ve been seeing posters everywhere with slogans about Indigenous Peoples Day. They range from the provocative to the informative:
UPDATE: Those people you may have noticed on College Walk earlier were also part of protests against Columbus Day and not, as you may have thought, students who simply fell down and gave up on their way to study for midterms. In all seriousness, this group put themselves out there today both mentally and physically, and it was an impressive sight. The protest, described as a “Die-In,” was staged in support of Indigenous Peoples Day. For more information on Indigenous Peoples Day, check out this Berkeley-based organization with an awesomely long acronym.