Almost 6 in 10 Americans (57%) believe that celebrating Columbus Day is a “good idea,” while only 29% oppose the holiday, according to a survey by The Marist Poll. The poll also showed that an overwhelming majority of Americans (76%) believe that Columbus and other historical figures should be judged by the standards of conduct of their own lifetimes, as opposed to modern standards. Only 16% disagree. While 56% say they view Christopher Columbus either “favorably” or “very favorably,” 28% take a negative view on him. (prnewswire)
Americans have a funny relationship with history. They simply believe what they're told in school and choose to ignore any contrary information that may show a dark side of a beloved historical figure. Everyone knows that "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue" because we were taught the poem in grade school. We were also taught that Columbus was a great explorer who discovered America and proved that the world wasn't flat. Cut to years later, when you learn that Columbus was truly a HORRIBLE person.
"Columbus sailed the ocean blue to look for wealth and, officially, in the name of Christianity. What he mostly did, though, was enslave and rape the natives he met, sold girls (as young as nine by his own account) into prostitution, and committed numerous acts so heinous that he was forcibly removed from power and sent back to Spain in chains. Christopher Columbus was brutal, even by the standards of his age." (TodayIFoundOut.com)
So there you have it. Christopher Columbus was a horrible person even by old world standards. I guess those 76% of Americans who believe Columbus should be judged by the standards of conduct in 1492 need to brush up on their history. And to you 57% of Americans who think it's a "good idea" to celebrate a rapist who often bragged about selling 9-year-old girls into prostitution, I hope you have a wonderful long weekend.