CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Don’t call it “Columbus Day” in Cambridge anymore.
The city council unanimously voted Monday night to change the October holiday to “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.”READ MORE: Massachusetts Reports 5,170 New COVID-19 Cases, 31 Additional Deaths
City Councilor Nadeem Mazen, who spearheaded the effort, said Christopher Columbus didn’t discover anything and was a war criminal.READ MORE: 3 Charged After Stolen Car Filled With Stolen Packages Crashes In Holbrook
“Columbus was not a laudable figure. He was a genocidal figure,” Mazen told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.
Even local Italian Americans voiced support for his measure, Mazen said. He says the holiday should be a day of mourning and that the American education system needs to depict indigenous history more accurately.MORE NEWS: Antonio Brown Suspended 3 Games By NFL For Misrepresenting Vaccination Status
The move in Cambridge comes after voters in Amherst and other communities across the country have adopted similar resolutions.