Christopher Columbus is a man of historical importance. Regardless of your opinion on him, there is simply no way to ignore the impact he had on history. As a child, we learn that in 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Although this Italian-American brings lots of pride to his fellow people, there are those who disagree with how he got the fame he is known for. He is responsible for the killings, rapes and enslavement of millions of Native Americans. Those who have an undying dislike for Columbus have decided in spite of the national holiday, they will be celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead. Political strategist Ajay Bruno and Associate Contributor for Young Voices Jacob Rich sat down with host David Grasso on whether they think Columbus day should be canceled.
Columbus: The man, the myth and the legend?
There are thousands upon thousands of false claims and statements surrounding Christopher Columbus. Bruno claims that those who seem to have an issue with the Italian-American explorer likely haven’t read up on him. The travesties and atrocities were done by other people, yet Columbus gets the blame for it all. Plus, it’s not like Columbus was out there himself massacring these natives; diseases were a huge part of the deaths of those in his early explorations. Rich, on the other hand, has a slightly different perspective on his impact. He doesn’t paint Columbus as an “absolute tyrant or terrible person,” but he just doesn’t understand why modern America puts him up on such a pedestal.
Why not both?
Like most modern issues, your average person can see both sides of the coin. Was Christopher Columbus perfect? Like all men in history, definitely not. Did he make an impact so crucial to history that he is still talked about around the world today? Yes. There is a way to hold him responsible for his historical wrongdoings but also appreciate the abundance of things he discovered while going on his explorations.
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