I take it the Italians in the US are into Columbus Day parades (or are they?) but I don't remember reading about Italians in Italy being so gung ho about him. Maybe I missed it.
It's an interesting question.
The first thing I would say is that half the people in the US probably don't give any more thought to Columbus Day than it just being another day off work.
Secondly, anyone who really does celebrate Columbus Day for what it is, probably only celebrates the good things they believe they know about Columbus, so intentions are probably all good.
And lastly, if we really knew the truth about most of the people and events we think we understand about history, I'm not sure we would have any holidays at all.
I am not fan of Christopher Columbus... but I am also wary of unsourced quotes. I tried to find an actual source for a couple of these quotes, and I was unable to find any.
I question the historical accuracy of this little article.
You question the accuracy of this article, or you question the contention that Columbus was an unscrupulous, murderous fortune seeker and not a great hero discoverer
With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
Quote:You question the accuracy of this article, or you question the contention that Columbus was an unscrupulous, murderous fortune seeker and not a great hero discoverer
I am specifically questioning the veracity of the quotes in the article... and the fact that there is not even an attempt to point to original sources should say something.
But I will go further...
Judging historical figures by 21st century social standards poses a big problem. History is complicated and our view of history is warped by the fact the we ourselves only have one cultural context to view it with.
It is very likely that your great grand-children will disapprove of some of the things that are happening now.... things that you think nothing of in the same way that you disapprove of Columbus.
I am not saying that this discussion shouldn't be had. I am saying that it is quite a bit more complex than the simple "Columbus is evil let's tear him down" narrative of articles like this.
Other than cultures closely related to your own 21st century Western Culture, tell me a culture that didn't do something that you would find barbaric? Genocide has been part of human experience on every continent since we started walking upright. I find it as horrible and inexcusable as you do (which is not surprising since you and I are culturally very similar) I am glad we are finally getting around to condemning it.
If we are going to judge all other cultures and times by our own, then every culture, from every part of the globe, is going to seem barbaric to us.
We have the ability to shape human experience in our own time. We aren't part of the past.