WCAX-TV posted this lovely graphic on its Facebook page today. It’s a nice effort to celebrate Not Columbus Day. But how much time did they spend on it, and did they get it wrong?
Today is not “Day of Indigenous People.” It’s “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.”
That might seem like a niggle, but two other points. First, there’s a United Nations “International Day of the World’s Indigenous People,” which could easily be shortened to “Day of Indigenous People.” It tracks closer than “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.”
Second, is that a Native American pattern? It looks more like a West African kente cloth. Which would fit in with the UN’s day, but not this holiday. Did a higher-up tell some backroom gofer to grab an Indigenous Peoples’ Day graphic and post it on Facebook without giving it another thought? That’d be my guess. If someone from WCAX can prove this is a graphic produced for this day, I’ll happily post a correction.
Meanwhile, let’s have some fun with the inevitable flood of racist comments below WCAX’s Facebook post.
Yeah, there’s a whole lot of that. (Bonus points to Aaron Day, who posted “Columbus Day” not once but twice.
To be fair, some people left positive comments. But there’s much more of this:
“Woak” is a nice touch.
Not sure what exactly “Woody Camaro Woodard” is trying to say here, but dollars to donuts it’s racist.
Mike Smith forming a third party? Or can’t spell Columbus?
Well, we can’t leave you with an entirely bad taste in your mouth, so here’s a little palate cleanser.
Dawson Blaskowski for the win.