GREENSBORO, N.C. – Columbus Day has been a federal holiday in the United States for the past 80 years in honor of Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus, and his voyage to the Americas.

In recent years, the celebration has caused a bit of uproar because of the appraisal of Western colonialism and the loss of so many Native American lives, according to Native American groups.

Austin; Los Angeles; Burbank, Calif.; and Bangor and Portland, Maine are among the list of cities approving the recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day in lieu of Columbus Day.

It’s a split topic.

Twitter is a space where many are addressing their opinions on the Columbus Day holiday.

WFMY News 2’ Laura Brache spoke to people in Greensboro about their thoughts on celebrating Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day.

James Lobo shared that he thinks celebrating Columbus Day is “totally fine.”

“Historically we have done that. It’s the founding of America,” he added.

Josue Monje had a different opinion. He agrees with the implementation of Indigenous Peoples Day.

Because of his Central American background, he recognizes that there were several “people affected by this.”

“In the United States of America, in history classes, you only learn a quick couple of sentences or even half a chapter at most over certain topics,” Monje says. “It’s almost like a glance over what really happened.”

More along the lines of Lobo, Jeffrey Poteat shared that he thinks Columbus Day shouldn’t be changed.

“It’s been like this for years, so why come change it now?” Poteat said.

Derrick Pitt say that to him the celebration is just an excuse to dismiss classes and have an extra day off from work.

“Whoever wants to celebrate Columbus or what they feel is the right movement for them, then so be it,” Pitt shares. “It shouldn’t be a holiday where people have to take off work. It isn’t that important,” he added.

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