City Councilor and state-senate candidate Lydia Edwards yesterday apologized for her comments on Wednesday, which many took as a defense in support of Columbus in her current and possible future districts, which have significant Italian-American populations.
For too many people, my comments yesterday were painful and confusing, and I’ve disappointed you. For that, I’m sorry.
Let me be very clear:
- As a city and as a country, we need an Indigenous People’s Day. It’s a day to acknowledge and address the historic, systemic and ongoing harms towards Indigenous people. More importantly, it’s a day to empower people and celebrate Indigenous leaders and heroes. It is also opportunity for learning, healing and truth.
- We need to divorce Columbus from the celebration of Italian heritage. Period.
- 3. Unilateral decision making is wrong. The people of Boston deserve meaningful engagement because we represent them.