Should Akron swap Columbus Day for Indigenous People’s Day? Russ Neal thinks so. The Akron City Council member sees the change as part of confronting the awful aspects of what Christopher Columbus brought to the new world, among other things, atrocities against Native Americans.

His proposal stems from the movement gaining momentum in the aftermath of the racially charged clashes in Charlottesville, Va. Many cities and states already have or are preparing to take down statues and memorials honoring Confederate soldiers and leaders. That is understandable. Many of the monuments date to the Jim Crow era, reflections of how Southern states failed to honor, and much worse, the advances achieved for black Americans in the wake of the Civil War, the end of slavery and the guarantees of equality in constitutional amendments.

The likes of Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis abandoned the pursuit of a “more perfect union.”

Now deliver a similar removal of Columbus Day?

Akron has company. New York City has launched an examination of “all symbols of hate on city property,” including, apparently, Columbus Circle.

The legacy of Columbus presents more complex layering than the Confederacy. What many recognize with Columbus Day, though it hardly stands as a major holiday, are the ideas of exploration and discovery. Some places have changed the name to Discoverers’ Day. That aspiration goes to his voyage in the late 15th century, through the Lewis and Clark expedition to the space program, vehicles today plunging deep into the solar system and beyond.

The day also has come to reflect something else worth recognizing: the journey of Italian immigrants to this country, contributing to the pluralism that makes the whole stronger.

That isn’t to diminish the dreadful acts inflicted on Native Americans, the harm a distinctive chapter of Ohio history. As Russ Neal indicated, that story belongs in our classrooms, where its full presence promises to make a much greater contribution than altering, or ending, Columbus Day. Actually, the curriculum already has been changing.

In response to the removal of Confederate monuments, President Trump asked: What’s next, Washington and Jefferson? Of course, the difference is obvious — seeking the break-up of the nation as opposed to its founding. Yet take on Columbus Day, and advocates risk playing into the president’s hand, inviting division, or an argument the country doesn’t need, especially when alternatives are available for honoring Native Americans and what they endured. That includes developing public policies to expand opportunities and better address needs.

Adam Smith once observed that there is “a great deal of ruin in a nation,” or much about which to criticize or complain. Consider, for instance, that for five decades of the country’s first seven, the presidents came from the South, and all were slaveholders.

Part of building and sustaining a strong community is knowing where to focus. ESPN missed the mark by miles in pulling Robert Lee from calling a University of Virginia football game. Around these parts, a more helpful move would see the Cleveland Indians get rid of Chief Wahoo. The outmoded team logo directly offends. It involves none of the complexity of Columbus. Jettisoning the chief wouldn’t point to the next question: What about the state capital, yes, Columbus?