BERKELEY, CALIF — BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Christopher Columbus was tossed overboard yesterday by city officials who declared Oct. 12 "Indigenous Peoples Day," stripping the explorer of his honored day in this politically correct city.
The city also declared 1992, the 500th anniversary of Columbus' landing in America, "The Year of Indigenous People."
"Berkeley wants to celebrate the important place that indigenous people hold in this country," Mayor Loni Hancock said yesterday. "Their societies and philosophies flourished long before Columbus arrived and they continue until today."
The city's declaration underscored the revisionist notion that Columbus wasn't the heroic man who discovered America, but was a European colonist whose arrival in the New World led to the deaths of millions of Indians.