SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco’s board of supervisors voted to approve a proposal to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Tuesday's vote was 10-1 with Aaron Peskin the only supervisor to vote against it.
Supervisor Malia Cohen introduced legislation to honor the Native Americans who were already here when Columbus arrived, and that he is thought to be responsible for the rape and murder of many of them.
At least 55 other cities around the country, including Berkeley, have already replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.
Advocates for the switch to Indigenous Peoples Day argue that Columbus did not “discover” America in 1492 but instead began the colonization of it.
Critics argue that Columbus was an important explorer in U.S. history whose conquest should be celebrated.