Legislation to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s and Italian-American Day in Baltimore City has failed.
The legislation, which needed eight votes to pass, only received seven. The bill would have replaced Columbus Day.
Councilman Pete Welch passed and Councilwoman Mary Patt Clarke abstained from the vote.
Anti-Columbus Day protesters erupted with chants of “There is no pride in genocide,” seconds after the legislation failed.
“Columbus I think was a genius,” Columbis Day supporter Rosalind Heid said. “I don’t blame him for what happened. I blame other people. But it’s history. It’s a fact. Columbus Day is on my calendar for 2017. I just don’t think the city should be messing around with this”
After the bill failed, Councilman Brandon Scott vowed that the measure would come up again.
“It’s very unfortunate that some of my colleagues still have a mindset that we talked about tonight,” Scott said. “You can hear just from what they’re saying. Don’t attack someone who should be celebrated, who shouldn’t be celebrated. This isn’t attacking Italian-Americans, but attacking Christopher Columbus.”