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Brown students protest renaming of Columbus Day

Providence, Rhode Island (AP) 10-09

Students at Brown University are protesting a decision to strip Columbus Day from the school’s calendar because of the explorer’s reputed violence against Native Americans.

Student Republicans and other protesters gathered on the Ivy League campus Oct. 12 to object to the university’s decision to rename the holiday “Fall Weekend.”

The protest was organized by WPRO-AM talk show host John DePetro, who said between 75 and 100 people attended.

Keith Dellagrotta, a Brown senior who leads the school’s College Republicans club, described the decision as political correctness gone too far. He said Columbus should be celebrated for bringing the European political tradition to the New World, which led to the foundation of the United States.

Hundreds of Brown students asked the Providence school to stop observing Columbus Day because of atrocities committed against American Indians.

 

 

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