Protesters at Colorado State Capitol call for Columbus Day to be abolished

Hundreds of protesters took to the steps of the Colorado State Capitol over the weekend to call for the state to abolish Columbus Day.

The protesters on Saturday called on Gov. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisColorado governor signs tighter gun restrictions following Boulder shooting MLB All-Star Game officially moved to Denver Colorado governor extends state mask mandate by 1 month MORE (D) and state lawmakers to do away with the holiday they consider racist and replace it with Indigenous People’s Day instead, according to CBS 4 Denver.


“It is time to abolish Columbus Day,” Glenn Morris, a member of Leadership Council of the American Indian Movement of Colorado, told the news outlet. “To celebrate Columbus, and to celebrate the acts of Columbus, is an affront to native people. But, it should be an affront to people of good conscience of any community.”

Protesters also reportedly blocked cars and danced in the streets as they made their way to the Capitol.

The protest consisting largely of Native Americans comes as several cities across the country have made the switch to recognize indigenous people as opposed to Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus.

Columbus Day was created and first celebrated in Denver in 1905 and some local Native American groups say it is something they are embarrassed by.

“We, as native people, welcomed newcomers. But, it wasn’t reciprocated,” Morris added.

Morris noted that with Democrats in control of the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature, Colorado could swiftly move forward with legislation to rename the holiday.

As the federal holiday approaches on Monday, both Wisconsin and Washington, D.C., this month declared the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

At least five other states, including Vermont and Hawaii, have also done away with celebrations of Columbus Day.