Prepare for the annual outpouring of hatred against a man who was behind one of the most important events in world history.
Since the 500th anniversary of his epic achievement, it has become an annual event to vent upon Christopher Columbus.
This is strictly a liberal thing. Liberals hate America and, by extension, Western Civilization.
The voyages of Columbus brought Western civilization to the Western Hemisphere, along with religion and capitalism, which libs also hate.
They mock his achievement with the irrelevant information that other people had occasionally visited the North American continent. But, worse, they accuse him of crimes, rather than celebrating what his vision produced.
The manufactured charge is that he conducted genocide against people already living in what are now North and South America.
People making the charge are illiterates who know little about history or, indeed, the English language.
Merriam-Webster defines genocide as the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group.
After 1492, the Siberian-Americans encountered by Europeans caught diseases they were not accustomed to, and many died. (Probably not nearly as many as claimed.)
It was not a deliberate act. This is common when cultures clash and intermingle for the first time.
Furthermore, it works both ways. The Europeans contracted yellow fever and other diseases and also died.
Both sides also benefited by obtaining new customs, plants and animals. Europeans introduced the horse to the Americas, meaning the Stone Age inhabitants no longer had to walk everywhere they went.
The idea that they despoiled a civilization of peace-loving, gentle people who were at one with nature is just plain silly.
Indians fought constantly with each other, owned slaves and ravaged the land by destructive agriculture.
The noble Aztecs regularly offered human sacrifices, ripping out the hearts of still living children and adults, cutting the bodies into parts and throwing them down the steps of their temples for the crowds to collect and eat.
This is not to condemn them. They acted like people in their culture acted in the 15th century, just as Europeans did.
Only liberal fools would expect people of that time to conduct themselves the way civilized people of the 21st century do.
The voyages of Columbus opened half the world to exploration and development. Subsequent events brought about a nation that has done more good for more people than any other in history.
But because that nation has resisted efforts to turn it into the Utopia socialists claim they can produce, the nation and its founder are hated viscerally by those anti-Americans.