Opinion: Columbus statue must stay in New Haven

Jun 19, 2020 294

BY: Vincent Casanova

The present demonization of Christopher Columbus in New Haven, as well as in the rest of the country, is a misguided rush to judgment. To blame Columbus for all the inequities of European colonialism is not only absurd but inaccurate and anachronistic.

To be sure, the Columbian Exchange and settlement of the Americas by Europeans was achieved by a brutal process of native oppression. Much of this was due to a radical cultural clash still being evaluated today. The history of this period is full of much historical muddle, confusion and, yes, prejudice. From the beginning, Columbus’s authority was fractured. 

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SOURCE: https://www.ctpost.com

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