A lot of folks want to blame Christopher Columbus for every evil action and deed in the Americas since 1492. For you folks, grow up.
First off, bad stuff happens. It just does. It happened in Europe, and it happened in the Americas before and after Chris and his gang landed.
Were things better or worse after all the Europeans started expanding and exploiting? That's a mixed bag. But Columbus simply opened the door.
And if he hadn't, someone else would have. Chris is just remembered as the guy that started the ball rolling. No one hates Leif Ericson, or Gavin Menzies mystery Chinese explorer. But that don't matter none. Haters just gonna hate. Someone. Anyone.
We all know the litany of horrible stuff that went down over the last five centuries. Let me personally apologize for every displaced person and diseased blanket. There were thousands of bad folks making horrible choices in the Americas since 1492. None of them, including Columbus, are around to defend their actions. So, you gotta blame someone. Blame me.
And I say that because I "get" Columbus. I understand what it is like to be driven. To be a risk-taker. Back in the day, I probably would have been a crewman on one of Chris' tiny wooden ships? Why? If I have to explain that to you, you'll never get it.
Maybe we could ditch Columbus (like so many other great historical figures), and have a generic "Explorers' Day". But I doubt that would placate the glass-half-empty historians and social engineers. You see, it's too much work to assign blame where it truly belongs. It's easier to just have a 'guy' that you can point to. Or a group, say white European males, that are to blame for everything. Simple, and simplistic.
Not only do I not hate Christopher Columbus, I celebrate him. If humanity doesn't make it into the 22nd Century, it will be because we have beaten, berated and torched his spirit out of our society. That would not only be sad, but spell the end of Western Civilization as we know it. And, yes, I know some of you are actually rooting for that. For you folks, I hope you are looking forward to a regressive society of 12 year old brides, 14 hour work days and 50 year life expectancies.
For the rest of us, Happy Columbus Day.