Maybe I shouldn’t go there, but I hesitantly will... There’s a lot of hate for Columbus nowadays. I teach 3 year olds-currently 6th graders in one (academic) class or another. Teacher’s are teaching the kids that Columbus was a bad guy. I’m not a fan of that. I’m not saying make the guy out to be a hero or more, but we should tone down the hate a bit IMO. Why? We’re judging a guy from the 1400s on 21st Century values and accountability. Things were far different back then. Human rights and even human life wasn’t looked at with the same value as today. Not remotely close. That was everyday life back then, right or obviously wrong. But they didn’t know it was obviously wrong to the extent we do today. I look at it like the mistakes my parents’ generation made... My brothers and I sat in the back of the station wagon. No seatbelts, car seats, etc. Sometimes we sat on our father’s lap while he drove. Sometimes he’d let us steer (with a discrete hand on the wheel). I rode on the back of my father’s motorcycle on the highway around kindergarten/1st grade. My parents smoked with the car windows up while we were in the car. We got slapped and spanked. Worse than that, when my parents were younger, driving drunk wasn’t a big deal. Police would pull you over and either 1. Tell you to get a cup of coffee 2. Tell you to park and take a nap or 3. Follow you home. It wasn’t until the early 80s when people really started asking themselves what they’re really doing. Do I throw that stuff in my parents’ face? No. That’s the way things were; that was the norm. Do I joke around about it with them? Absolutely. Looking at what as acceptable during my childhood, I can’t help but think what are we doing today that the next generation or two will hate us for. Trust me, we’re doing something that’ll make our great grandchildren scratch their heads in wonder and disbelief.