Jim Stinson, Lifezette, November 20, 2016
Indiana’s most liberal city has renamed Good Friday and Columbus Day because the names imply a cultural insensitivity, according to the Bloomington Herald-Times.
The new, more politically correct names will help make the holidays more inclusive, the mayor of Bloomington, Indiana, said.
The change was made Friday by Mayor John Hamilton, who sent a memo to city employees.
“We are terrifically proud of our diverse workforce at the city,” Hamilton wrote. “That diversity makes us stronger and more representative of the public we proudly serve. These updated names for two days of well-merited time off is another way we can demonstrate our commitment to inclusivity.”
The Herald-Times reports that “all city employees receive paid time off for Columbus Day, a federal holiday … and Good Friday, the Friday before Easter Sunday. In the future, the city will be calling these paid days off ‘Fall Holiday’ and ‘Spring Holiday.’”
The news of Bloomington’s Columbus Day erasure came the same day that Columbus East High School defeated Bloomington High School South.
Columbus, Indiana — the home of Gov. Mike Pence, now the vice president-elect — is Bloomington’s eastern neighbor. It was so named in 1821.