Today is October 12th and the official 525th anniversary of the arrival into the Western Hemisphere by Christopher Columbus. While the holiday was officially observed on Monday, today is the actual day that commemorates Columbus’ achievement. And despite the attempt of Marxist revisionists and political leftists in this country, yes it was an achievement. Five hundred twenty-five years ago, Columbus set foot on San Salvador, and forever changed the course of history and the world.
Recently, there have been many attempts to condemn Columbus’ achievements. He is often vilified by revisionists in the most horrific of ways, as if he was the spawn of Satan. He has been deemed a rapist, murderer and other words akin to someone who was a homicidal maniac. These attempts have been working, and slowly Columbus’ place in history is being eradicated and filed under the revisionist history of the exploits of “evil white men.” This past year, there was a push to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day.
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While no one will ever mistake Columbus for a humanitarian– even by 15th century standards– this condemnation is nothing more than an organized malicious effort to delegitimize the achievements of Western Civilization. Branding Columbus in the negative light that leftists have wielded into society changes the narrative of Columbus’ journey as a great achievement in Western civilization to beginning of the West’s forage of colonialism and imperialism. This branding of Western imperialism is fundamental to Marxist-Leninist ideology.
Judging Columbus through the goggles of sanctimony of social justice advocates in the 21st century is an unfair practice. Human civilization has evolved significantly in the five hundred twenty-five years since Columbus’ expeditions, there is no way a logical comparison could be made. Judging Columbus’ actions through civilization in the 15th century, however, is a more truthful and pedagogical pursuit.
Africa is usually one of the first places that gets listed as a victim of European aggression during the era of exploration and colonization. The narrative set forth by the intelligentsia always include Europeans essentially invading the continent for their own gain. While this is true, nothing is ever revealed about African civilization at the time. An analysis of the continent’s history around the time of 1492 – before the era of European exploration – reveals barbaric and imperialistic practices similar to those of Europeans.
Let’s address the biggest grievance, slavery. While the trans-atlantic slave trade did evolve from the era of exploration, slavery had long been practiced in Africa. Between the 7th and 15th centuries, the African slave trade (i.e. before Europeans arrived) involved anywhere from 6-11 million slaves. Additionally, between the 16th and 19th centuries, Barbary pirates captured and sold nearly 1 million Europeans as slaves in North Africa.
The Songhai Empire reigned supremely in Africa between the 15th and 16th centuries. It was one of the largest states in African history. Its name was derived from its leading ethnic group and ruling class, the Songhai. Sonni Ali was perhaps its most well-known leader. Ali, a Muslim, conquered many of Songhai’s neighboring states. He reigned from 1464 to 1492. Conquest, pillaging and raping all describe the actions of Ali and the Songhai Empire during this time – roughly the same era of Columbus’ prominence. According to the Cambridge History of Africa, Ali was described as a vicious, murderous, intolerant tyrant.
So, regarding Africa, Columbus and his actions were on par for what was occurring at the time in human history.
Around the time of Columbus’ expeditions, Asia was also engaged in empire building, war and conquest. Mongolian hordes were brutalizing and pillaging neighboring peoples in the area. Enslavement, rape and conquest were common tactics employed by the Mongols.
The Ming Dynasty was China’s preeminent dynasty of the time and formed following the collapse of Mongol control. It was a golden age for China. It was also the era in which the Great Wall of China was fortified and constructed into its modern form – by forced labor.
Slavery, conquest and war also consumed Asian countries at the time. The Chinese, Japanese and Mongols were just as exploitative of people and cultures during the time of Columbus as any other civilization in history at the time. Additionally, they also entered their own age of exploration during this timeframe focusing on lands in and around the Indian Ocean.
The Indigenous People are perhaps listed as the biggest victims of Columbus and the following era of exploration and colonization. Academia and revisionists frequently lists them as a peaceful people living in harmony and “off the earth.” Such noble people and civilizations, right? Not exactly.
Around the time of Columbus, the Native Americans were no different than any civilization in human history. To think they were is some fanciful myth that derides them of basic human tendencies. Throughout history, humans have treated other humans with little regard and intent on amassing power regardless of the effect it had on other people. Indigenous People were no different. It was one of, if not the main reason, why celebrating “Indigenous People’s Day” is so comically hypocritical. They were just as guilty of the sins bestowed upon Columbus as anyone when you consider the truth and facts – not Marxist revisionism.
Indigenous civilizations such as the Aztecs, Incas and Mayans feasted on their fellow Indigenous people. Routinely, they conquered and enslaved and built empires in their quest for power. They habitually engaged in slavery and human sacrifice. Historical accounts of the Aztecs alone list the amount of human sacrifices in the millions. Many other tribes were just as abhorrent in their practices and disregard for human life.
Simply put, the Indigenous People were just like everyone else in pursuing conquest and power contrary to the revisionists beliefs. They were the mythical creatures living in peace and harmony that academia has convoluted into its education.
When it comes down to it, human beings are just awful. The entire history, regardless of ethnicity or origin, is rooted in enslavement, war, conquest and exploitation of others for imperialistic gains. No group is exempt from this practice. As a result, condemning Columbus for such things, while promoting ideas such as Indigenous People’s Day is hypocritical and based in ignorance.
Columbus was hardly a saint. As aforementioned, during the 15th century, all societies were exempt of canonization.
Do you think celebrating the revisionists’ Indigenous Peoples Day in place of Columbus Day is hypocritical? Let us know in the comments below!