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  • He should be judged strictly by today's standards and mores.

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  • Somewhere in the middle. (Please elaborate)

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  • He should be judged by the standards and more of the time in which he lived.

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    Re: How should Christopher Columbus be judged?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    How should Christopher Columbus be judged?


    Being that day is Columbus Day, I read something this morning that included something to the effect of, "If judged by today's standards...", then went off to detail all his atrocities, and so on.

    Is that fair? Should he be judged by today's standards and mores, or should he be judged according to the era in which he lived?

    Note: This question is NOT about whether or not he should have a holiday named after him.


    The guy's been dead for about 500 years so it's kind of late to start thinking about digging him up and putting him on trial.

    I will say one thing: you'll never see me at a Columbus Day parade and I do love pizza and pasta.

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    Re: How should Christopher Columbus be judged?

    Quote Originally Posted by Logicman View Post
    If Columbus was gay the liberals would love him.


    What proof do you have that he wasn't gay? Let's see it.

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    Re: How should Christopher Columbus be judged?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    He should be judged by the standards of his time.If we start demonizing people, removing holidays, renaming schools, and so on because of what we didn't like about that person then most of the people on our money would be gone, so would our holidays and
    we would not learn about any of the contributions they made
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    I'd rather learn about all of the terrible things that they did and the good things that they could have done, but didn't do.

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    Re: How should Christopher Columbus be judged?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    You know... It's actually kind of funny.

    Columbus was a monster by just about any metric you want to go off. In spite of that, he has been played up as some kind of hero.

    Cortez, on the other hand, was actually a fairly reasonable guy by all accounts. Yet, the way he's usually portrayed these days, you'd be forgiven for mistaking him for Attila the Hun.

    What the Hell gives?


    Columbus has a lot of people giving his story a lot of positive spin.

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    Re: How should Christopher Columbus be judged?

    Quote Originally Posted by instagramsci View Post
    I mean, they were both colonizers. S
    plitting hairs over which of them is worse when the outcome is similar seems kind of pointless


    One of them was really bad and the other was a little worse.

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    Re: How should Christopher Columbus be judged?

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    No, he should not. He should be judged by the standards, the norms and in the context of his times. In that context he was a brave man who led 3 ships west to discover America for the Europeans. Until his voyage, sailing off the end of the world was a fear. He went into the unknown. For that he should be given credit.
    Whether he was a good or bad man by today's standard is irrelevant.


    It wasn't irrelevant to the many thousands of Native Americans who died because of him.

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    Re: How should Christopher Columbus be judged?

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    What proof do you have that he wasn't gay? Let's see it.
    Whistle for it.
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    Re: How should Christopher Columbus be judged?

    From what it seems, the dude was a pretty bad dude, even for his time, sooooooooooooo I think he should be judged appropriately.

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    Re: How should Christopher Columbus be judged?

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    Why should we be judging him at all?


    Because he was a pretty frickin' evil guy and somehow the USA named a holiday after him.

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    Re: How should Christopher Columbus be judged?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    Seriously...
    invading armies used to rape and murder women in ancient days
    but since it was the norm that makes them OK people...


    From what I read in the news that's happening right now in Syria and Iraq.

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