Christopher Columbus Belongs on Death Row
His legacy is an 'unspeakably cruel' one, writes Eric Kasum
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2010 9:00 AM CDT
Christopher Columbus (1451 - 1506), the navigator and explorer who made four voyages to the 'New World', circa 1490. He died in poverty in Valladolid and is buried in Seville Cathedral.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – It's Columbus Day, kids, and that means it's time to honor a man "who, if he were alive today, would almost certainly be sitting on Death Row awaiting execution," writes Eric Kasum for the Huffington Post. Kasum commemorates the holiday by recounting the true tale of Christopher Columbus, who set foot on a sandy Bahamian beach in 1492 and promptly enslaved the hospitable islanders (who rescued the crew and cargo of the shipwrecked Santa Maria). Within two years, half of the 250,000-strong population was dead.

He oversaw the sale of native girls into sexual slavery, killed babies to use as dog food, and had soldiers cut off the hands of workers who didn't meet their gold dust quota—prompting 100 to commit mass suicide. Why don't we learn about this in school, Kasum asks. "Columbus himself kept detailed diaries, as did some of his men. (If you don't believe me, just Google the words Columbus, sex slave, and gold mine.)" He continues, "Call me crazy, but I think holidays ought to honor people who are worthy of our admiration. Let's boycott this outrageous holiday because it honors a mass murderer." For even more horrific details, click here.

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John King
Nov 11, 2010 2:42 PM CST
Christopher Columbus was and still is obviously a hero. The land he "stole from the Native Americans" was not being used, slavery and warfare already existed in the Americas along with the oppression by the Inca and Aztec of neighboring peoples.In addition, how can one say that we were unfair to the Native Americans when we are still repaying them today. Finally, look at the country he started, and the new ideas he brought to the barbaric "New World"
Oct 25, 2010 8:53 AM CDT
Snowisfun. Get help. Your waffling about pro life pro choice is irrelevant. You actually said, although it has thankfully been removed, that homosexual babies should be aborted. That is sick, end of story. As for Columbus he WAS a monster who committed appalling atrocities. You seem a bit confused about the details so let me help you. The Taino were people in the Caribbean island where Columbus landed. The Aztecs were in Mexico, hundreds of miles away and with absolutely no contact. Perhaps you didn't understand this? That might explain why you are going on about the Aztecs Mayas and Incas (who were even further way). Do you have any evidence that the Taino practised cannibalism? May I suggest that you do some reading? Learn a little more about the history of the time and the indigenous people of the Caribbean? And get some help for your sick attitudes to homosexuals.
Oct 23, 2010 7:32 AM CDT
Wow! There are some very disturbed people posting here! How can anyone be justifying what Columbus and the Spanish did? They were monsters! Even from their own accounts this is obvious. And snowisfun, how can you possibly be saying something as sick as "homosexual babies should be aborted?" Are you insane? Get some help man! Seriously!