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In Defense of Christopher Columbus
October 19, 2009 - John Stack
It has become acceptable these days to demonize Christopher Columbus. He brought disease and violence to the native Americans. He was a tyrant. He was a bully. Puh-lease. This was the 15th century! This wasn’t modern
The brutality and violence was real though. But, in the context of the day it was not uncommon nor frowned upon. Taking things by force was a way of life. In many places TODAY might means right still rules. Should the whole Italian government of the time be held accountable for the violence perpetrated upon the Indians? How about all the Spanish? Or, the ancient Greeks and Romans for that matter? Our so celebrated birthplace of democracy was nothing like today’s idea of democracy. Only free male landowners had any say in Roman affairs, and only the rich at that. And the Senate back then would make today’s Senate seem downright moral and trustworthy.
Why complain about this? Some things really irk me. The
We don’t celebrate
How about our local John Brown. He was one of the most famous abolishinists of all time. While many understand his raid on Harper’s Ferry was somewhat unjustifiable, his legacy is not of a treasonous murdering traitor. His is that of one of the early leaders of the abolitionist movement. Although he was unquestionably militant, and was guilty of crimes so heinous that today he would be spoken of in words such as ‘mass murderer’ ‘terrorist’ and ‘psychopath’ . But, it can be speculated that he started the civil war, helped stop slavery in the
To pass judgment on a historical figure without understanding the social norms of the times is to misunderstand history. We don’t live in those times. Their understanding and education is significantly different than what we have today.
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