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Are you celebrating Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day?
Are you celebrating Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day?

Happy Columbus Day – or Happy Indigenous Peoples Day if you live in one of the growing number of localities that have renamed the holiday to honor the people who lived in America before Columbus showed up, and their descendants. Berkeley, it won’t surprise you, was apparently the first city to make the switch. This year Seattle and Minneapolis join the parade. The shift in emphasis offends a lot of Italian Americans, for whom Columbus Day long has been a spur to ethnic pride.  In my native city of Pittsburgh, a revered Italian American state Supreme Court justice named Michael Musmanno was obsessed with debunking the story that Columbus was preceded to North America by...

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