Philly Gov’t Will Take Columbus Day Off Despite Vote To Remove Statue of the Explorer

Philly Gov’t Will Take Columbus Day Off Despite Vote To Remove Statue of the Explorer


Christopher Columbus was deemed unfit to be seen in Philadelphia this summer, when city leaders decided to send a statue of the explorer into storage. But when it comes to a public holiday in his name? That’s a very different story.

On Monday, Philadelphia city offices — like many government offices across the country — will be closed in honor of a man many government officials roundly abuse.

🤔 you removed the Columbus statue but will celebrate Columbus Day? Must be nice to be hypocrites. https://t.co/ivtGL83IM5

— Jason (@GutterTheGreat) October 9, 2020

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Over the summer, Philadelphia spokesman Lauren Cox said finding some less public place for Columbus was essential to healing the community.

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“As Philadelphia — and the nation — continue to reckon with the deep legacy of racism and oppression in America, it is critical that our public spaces are seen as safe, welcoming

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