Columbus Enslaved Natives, Don’t Honor Him With A Holiday

Christopher Columbus (Image: Sebastiano del Piombo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

I think it’s about time we stop celebrating Columbus Day with marches down main street U.S.A. every October.

As any grade schooler will tell you, Columbus didn’t discover America. What Columbus did discover when he finally came ashore, were a culturally rich and diverse people. He would write in his journal: “They are the best people…and the gentlest,” then noted; “They will make fine servants… with 50 men we could subjugate them all.” True to his word, Columbus enslaved 500 men, women and children and shipped them off to Spain, many being auctioned off like cattle upon their arrival.

Should a man responsible for the murder of innocent people, the raping of women and the systematic destruction of a culture be honored with a special day? Should we ennoble and pay tribute to a man who helped “internationalize” the slave trade each fall?

Concerning the recent Confederate statue/slavery issue, the Asbury Park Press in an editorial, “Don’t Consecrate Confederacy” opined that these statues represent an affirmation of slavery and should not be commemorated or be allowed to remain in any public square.

Shouldn’t the same logic and opinion expressed by the Press with respect to the Confederate statue/slave question, be applied to Columbus and for the same reason?

From my perspective, freedom loving Americans should not set aside a day to honor and celebrate a slave trader and murderer, regardless of his supposed discovery.

Borden Applegate
Jackson

 

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