NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim October 11, 2004, as Columbus Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I also direct that the flag of the United States be displayed on all public buildings on the appointed day in honor of Christopher Columbus.
Christopher Columbus was a slave trader and a genocidalist. Of course it makes sense G.W. Bush would want to preserve "Columbus Day" as a holiday (holy day).
Fuck G.W. Bush and fuck the holidays that celebrate the bloody massacre of millions of Indigenous North Americans at the hands, swords, diseases, penises, and bullets of savage, barbaric European colonialists and settlers.
I love Italian Americans and grew up with Jews and Italians living together, not mutually exclusively. We were marginalised by whites of Northern and North-Western European descent as not-fully-white people, although we had plenty of white privileges.
I support Italian Americans selecting another person to honor annually. And I support replacing "Columbus Day" with an annual "Day of Remembrance and Honor of Great American Indian Warriors".
For more on related efforts, see here, here, and here.