Hello! And welcome to Color Outside the Lines, a weekly discussion space for people of color
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This coming Monday is Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the United States. The US has a long and fraught history with attempting to implement federal holidays meant to celebrate or acknowledge different races, peoples, and cultures. From the long-standing refusal to nationally recognize the holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr. to originally–and in many, many states ongoing–refering to Indigenous People’s Day as “Columbus Day,” in effect celebrating the man who kicked off hundreds of years of violent and devastating oppression towards Indigenous people in North America.
These federal holidays are also wildly different from the cultural or religious holidays you may celebrate with your own family and friends. So, let’s talk about holidays! Are there any holidays you particularly enjoy? How do you feel about federal holidays meant to celebrate different cultures or specific religions? Any holidays you’d rather forget?