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