Statue commemorating explorer doused with red paint as Italian Heritage Day celebrations took place nearby.
In the more than 80 years since Columbus Day became an official holiday, it has drawn criticism. Some cities and states are opting to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples' Day instead.
"I have not found any monstrous men in these islands, as many had thought."
Rather than consider today as a time to disparage "dead white males," let's rebrand the holiday as a celebration of the accomplishments made by immigrants.
There were a few "blah blah blahs" thrown in for good measure.
Christopher Columbus's approval ratings are high despite his reputation.
New research links the start of the "era of us" to the arrival of Europeans and the globalization of disease.