The Truth about Colombus

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We humans tend to have very strategic communication skills, we can emphasize what we want our audience to focus on and de-emphasize what we want them to forget. For example, I was telling a friend of a contest that I had won but I left out a very important detail. The reason I had won was because the contestant who happened to be a lot better than me couldn't make it to the contest. Yet when I told the story it was in a way that showed me as the best even though that was far from the truth. One of the greatest "heroes" of all time is credited with the discovery of America, with large scaled bravery, and with spreading the message of salvation in Jesus Christ farther than anyone else. Yet very important details have been craftily omitted such as his slaughter of the indigenous people of America, his cowardice in taking advantage of a people that only treated him with kindness, and the spreading of diseases like Syphilis and Small Pox. Howard Zinn illustrates this exact point very well in his book "A People's History of the United States", stating that a picture has been painted of Columbus that shows him as pure, however, the artist has ignored his blemishes.

Zinn believes that Columbus's voyage to the Americas was one fueled by the idea of wealth and power and upon his arrival other evils such as the idea of slavery, exploitation, and murder penetrated his heart. Armed with Columbus's journals and Bartolome Las Casas's texts Zinn proves the cruelty that possessed Columbus, Zinn quotes Columbus's journal which states "They would make fine servants...With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want." Zinn believes that Columbus's life and actions have been ridiculously romanticized and that America has been celebrating the life of a mass murderer comparable to Hitler and Stalin. He states that historians have been telling the sweet little tale about Columbus sailing the ocean blue in 1492 but have been ignoring the true nature of this supposed Christian man. "He does not omit the story of mass murder..." says Zinn on Morrison ."..on one page, buried halfway into the telling of a grand romance... He mentions the truth (about Columbus committing genocide) quickly and goes on to other things more important to him." In other words, Morison tells the truth but then conceals it, in order to provide a faux placidity that diverts the reader from the horrid reality of Columbus's actions .

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