DENVER (AP) - The city's first Columbus Day parade in nearly a decade has
stirred fears of violence this weekend between Italian-Americans on one side
and Hispanics and American Indians on the other. The city hasn't held the
parade since 1991 due to concerns that groups who believe Christopher
Columbus was a killer and slave trader would clash with marchers. This year,
under a federally mediated pact, Denver's Italian community had agreed to
call Saturday's celebration an Italian Pride parade and make no mention of
Columbus. But that pact collapsed as Italian-Americans vowed to keep
Columbus' name in the event and activists promised to show up."
Would someone please tell me what the Italian-Americans have to do with
Columbus? If memory serves, Columbus was Portuguese by birth and sailed for
Queen Isabella of Spain. Why are the Italians making any claim to him?