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The case for Columbus

Detail from “Columbus and His Son at La Rábida” (1838) by Eugène Delacroix []

“Imagine if Christopher Columbus had come back from the New World and no one returned.” — Jim Lovell (played by Tom Hanks) in Apollo 13

They’re coming for the statues now. And history. And memory. The purveyors of political propriety who dictate the latest of whose in and whose out may swing around in any direction, at a moment’s notice, and point bony fingers at past heroes and declare them anathema. So who will be next? Who will be the latest victim of our past who cannot muster the madness of the new norms of societal acceptance? And, what test must they pass in the eyes of the pretended proletariat who falsely claim to be champions of justice?

Columbus, I think. It’s already happening. He probably doesn’t stand a chance.

He’s been under attack in academia for years. Are there reasons for this? Yes. Of course there are, as is the case with anyone we put under a microscope and see for the first time through the eyes of modernity or post-modernity. But, that’s no reason to discount what Columbus achieved. He prevailed where the Vikings failed; he transcended ordinary thinking and centuries of legitimate doubt that said no one could sail west to reach the prize of the Indies because there were no ports to replenish and re-provision ships on such a long voyage. What Columbus did took guts, and it was based on a unique vision of how the waves and winds acted in concert. It required a brave and extraordinary man to not only sell this idea to the courts of Europe, but to actually do it.

But that not what modern man remembers. Actually, he doesn’t remember because he doesn’t really know the full story. He knows only that Columbus brought destruction on an innocent populace. Search any Common Core web site and find that—surprise!—Columbus was actually a very bad actor in a very bad play that brought nothing but misery and disease and slavery to the innocents of the New World. Thus, he must not be emulated, esteemed, or (God forbid!) remembered in granite as a hero for Americans of Italian heritage to honor and respect. Trust me. This is coming to a town near you. But, why?

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