Day of the What?!?
While folks in the United States were celebrating Columbus Day last week, those in Latin America confusingly pondered a holiday that represents the downfall of the continent's indigenous people. El Día de La Raza (the day of race), much like its sister holiday to the North, commemorates the encounter between the Europeans and the Native Americans. In an effort to create awareness of what the holiday really symbolizes, a group of Native Americans came together in 1992 to declare the day 'The International Day of Solidarity With Indigenous Peoples'. A decade later, in 2002, Venezuela furthered the meaning by signing a decree which declared the event ' El Dia de la Resistencia Indigena' (the Day of Indigenous Resistance).
Last Friday, thousands of indigenous people marched through the streets of Guatemala City to support what they call 'The Day of Continent-Wide Indigenous People's Resistance', their version of a justifiable name for this holiday. Before the name gets any longer and the idea behind the holiday completely lost, perhaps we should all consider the suggestion of Argentina's anti-descrimination agency and call it 'The Day of American Cultural Diversity'.