The Statue-Toppling Craze Plagues the West

We know that Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492.  This voyager from Genoa, Italy was bound for Asia.  He never did touch the land of North America, but landed in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492.  Columbus completed four voyages across the Atlantic and established a colony in Haiti, leading to European exploration and colonization of the Americas.  He has long been venerated but in recent years has been criticized for his activities that led not only to colonization, but to the transatlantic slave trade, the death of millions from murder and disease, and the imposition of slavery in the Bahamas.  Images of Columbus have been defaced or removed throughout the U.S., in Boston, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Sacramento.  Columbus Day, which became a federal holiday in 1937, has been renamed in some circles Indigenous Peoples Day. The downfall, physical and ethical, of Columbus can be considered another example of the...(Read Full Article)
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