Seattle Mayor Ed Murray called for mutual respect among the city’s diverse communities Monday while signing into a law a resolution designating the second Monday of each October as Indian Peoples’ Day.
The resolution, approved by the City Council last week, angered many patriotic Americans because Columbus Day, is a federal holiday.
Columbus Day isn’t officially observed by Seattle, nor is it a Washington state holiday.
The new Indian Peoples’ Day is now an official city holiday with free parking and several days off for municipal workers, so that they can become one with the savage Indian warrior within them.
Some Indian activists pushed for the date as a reminder of the alleged harm inflicted on them by early Europeans visitors to the Americas such as the explorer Christopher Columbus; however, no apology will be given by the Indians for the savage massacre of General Custer and 200 American soldiers at The Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876.
“I hope today is not just simply a day of recognition but also a moment of healing,” Murray said.
“Today is not intended to take anything away from any other community or group in Seattle,” the mayor added, speaking at City Hall to a crowd of about 100 people, including Indians dressed in colorful and smelly traditional garb.
“We are not removing any other designation or holiday in Seattle. We respect and honor all our city’s cultural traditions, community groups and history, including patriotic Americans, although Seattle does not allow the traditional 4th of July parade in downtown.”
The mayor’s office has not been inundated with “racist statements about Indian people,” Murray said. "This proves that Seattle has moved beyond the petty politics of race baiters such as Jesse Jackson and Al Shaption", he said.
“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again,” said Murray, quoting the late poet Maya Angelou.