White people love a lot of things. Among the top of the list are saying “terrific,” shopping at Madewell and drinking hot chocolate. But whites of a “liberal” nature most of all love to jump on the bandwagon of racial consciousness that’s been trending heavily since Obama took office (or, some would argue, since Clinton did, with that brief blip of weirdness when Bush II was in office momentarily usurping the trend).
That being said, whenever Columbus Day rolls around lately, white people in particular love to get uppity about re-addressing it as Indigenous People’s Day. When Bushwickians living on the trust funds of Daddy and Mommy Dearest gathered to protest the Columbus Day Parade (it started at 11 a.m., so it wasn’t too much of a challenge for them to wake up in time), many of the Italian Americans there to honor “the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture” looked on them with the contempt that all hypocrites deserve.
Salvatore Aggiungere, a 33-year-old who has been living in Bensonhurst since he was born, commented, “It’s just outrageous that these people–who have caused nothing but rent spikes and ‘artisanal’ businesses galore in the Bushwick neighborhood–would come to us and protest. We’re Italian and we just want to pay respect to our heritage. Columbus was a dick, yeah. But like Anna Wintour mistakenly announcing that Bushwick was one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world, none of us would be here living it up after infiltrating indigenous people’s turf if it wasn’t for him.” Regardless, about two hundred white Bushwickians who moved here after 2010 are gathered along the parade route to express that Columbus Day should no longer be called such.
Written by Genna Rivieccio