You want to speak of woulda-coulda-shouldas instead of what actually *is.*
What Columbus accomplished was nothing short of miraculous, even if he discovered something utterly by accident. What he proceeded to do as a result of his relative incompetence is nothing short of a horror story.
Christopher Columbus was not a good man. He was actually, objectively, a terrible human being. Remove the “discovery of the New World” BS from the equation, do you still erect statues to him? No, you wouldn’t.
If it turns out Jonas Salk developed a polio vaccine by experimenting on and murdering thirty children (or even one child), I don’t think he’d be lauded as a hero today.
Just because you want to cling to the fairy tale narrative that was taught to kids doesn’t negate the fact that CC was the historical equivalent of Josef Stalin.
So what you’re saying is that, nevermind the genocide that ensued at Columbus’ behest, the atrocities that Columbus personally committed should simply be overlooked because it makes you a little uncomfortable?
I mean, history books are written by the victors. If the Nazis won WWII, the Holocaust wouldn’t even be a blip on the radar.
It’s one thing to be gay and be closeted. That’s your choice and your level comfort.
It’s another thing to be closeted and rising to a level of power where you the wield that power to oppress others. At that point, you’re not being mocked for being gay, you’re being mocked for being a coward and you get what you f**king deserve.