See if the Town of Grafton will vote to amend Article 20 4-19 Personal Bylaw, of the General Bylaws of the Town of Grafton, by replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Why is Columbus Day a problem?
Columbus Day perpetuates the myth that the land was available for settlement. Millions of indigenous Peoples populated North America and the islands (such as Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard).
Christopher Columbus and his crew brought violence, disease, imperialism, and colonization to the Americas. He killed, tortured, enslaved, and dehumanized Indigenous people. Land was stolen. Racist ideas took root and flourished, influencing the power structures and societal norms in North America and the West Indies in ways that still affect us today. We are not trying to change or cancel history. We are asking for recognition of truth, rather than the Whitewashed history upon which our country developed.
We have the opportunity to support Indigenous People and voices, and to correct our previous inaccurate depictions of those we have long regarded as heroes. Let us celebrate Indigenous people, rather than Columbus.
Please come to the Annual Grafton Town Meeting on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. on the Grafton High School football field to vote.
We must listen to the individuals, communities, and cultures that are negatively affected by promoting a man who was, by today’s moral standards, evil. Replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day decenters the narrative of Columbus and centers it instead as a day of remembrance, education, awareness, and celebration of Indigenous People.
This is nothing new. Indigenous communities have been pushing for this change for decades all over the United States. Be a part of the change.