New York City schools have decided to cancel the Columbus Day holiday and replace it with “Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” while adding Juneteenth to the calendar as a school holiday, along with canceling snow days altogether.
The city’s Department of Education has now called October 11 “Indigenous People’s Day” in the 2021-2022 calendar that is currently posted on its website earlier this week.
“The move, which was announced, however, in a press release to education beat reporters, officially cancels for school kid recognition what remains a federal, state and city holiday on the second Monday in October — although the Indigenous Peoples’ holiday will give students and teachers the same day off,” the NY Post reported.
The schools will be shut down on June 20th to observe “Juneteenth,” which is a time dedicated to celebrating the day back in 1865 when black slaves in the state of Texas were informed of their freedom.
And in what will no doubt be a huge bummer for kids, the 2021-2022 school year will not feature any snow days according to the calendar, thanks to the joys of remote learning that everyone got familiar with during the pandemic.
“An 8 a.m. email to members of the media noted the two new holidays without any further explanation. Education officials had not previously announced their plans to nix Columbus Day,” the report continues.
“Councilmen Joe Borelli and Steve Mateo and U.S. Rep. Nicole Malliotakis — all Republicans from Staten Island — blasted the apparently woke decision, which they said in a joint statement ‘came as a shock to parents,'” the NY Post story said.
“There is nothing wrong with celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day, but doing so at the expense of a day that celebrates Italian American culture and history is downright insulting,” Borelli went on to say. “Doing it under the radar only adds to the cowardice now regularly on display by the woke left.”
Juneteenth was officially made a holiday last year following the violent riots and looting that came about as a result of the death of George Floyd.