You guys keep going on about Columbus raping, murdering and enslaving people; you are still stuck on the point that heroes have to be noble and kind. This is wrong, as I have said before: IT IS DUE TO A POINT OF REFERENCE.
For instance, Neo-Nazies would see Adolf Hitler as their hero because he fulfilled their desires and achieved what they see as 'perfection'. Like others see brave people as their heroes, or rich people; astronauts are seen as heroes, explorers, kings, princess, etc. A hero is based upon what one determines as a hero, they are only considered a hero by people who admire them. It has no real connection to noble tactics or kindness.
YES heroes can rape, YES heroes can steal, YES can enslave people.
YES heroes can save lives, YES heroes can be charitable, YES heroes can free people.
It all depends ON YOUR POINT OF REFERENCE TOWARD THEM
The definition of a hero is the following: "A person, typically a man, who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities." Notice the line "OR noble qualities". This implies that a hero can have both outstanding achievements and noble qualities, or one of the two. Columbus does not have noble qualities when it comes to his treatment of the Taino, but he does have an outstanding achievement; opening the European world to the Americas. And to further sum up your argument in my favour; IT DEPENDS ON YOUR POINT OF REFERENCE.
Definition of a hero: "A person, typically a man, who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities" (Oxford Online Dictionary)
It is true that Columbus was a ruthless, racist and cruel man when it came to the treatment of the Taino (the inhabitants of Hispaniola), but you can hardy say that his attitude toward them was not the attitude of the day. Not to say that he wasn't a cruel man, which most sources agree on that point.
But the main point of the argument is as follows: "Should Columbus be considered a hero". As stated above, a hero necessarily does not have to be noble, kind or charitable. But simply they have to be an individual to look up to; to be someone that inspires others to do thing. Which Columbus certainly was, he has inspired countless humans to discover new things or ideas (though he did not necessarily 'discover' america; this is beside the point)
"First, Columbus was a cruel man who enslaved, raped, and murdered the natives of the countries he sailed to. According to an article by John Margolis entitled "Goodbye Columbus", Columbus "oversaw the killings of some (Indians) and ordered the enslavement of others." Margolis goes on to say that Columbus did not prevent his crewmen from raping the innocent natives, and even that he himself raped an Indian women after beating her "with a piece of rope". If these actions do not constitute villainy, I don't know what does. "
Ok, so he found out about the US. But there were ALREADY PEOPLE THERE!!!!! And should we REALLY be celebrating this guy? I mean, he's more evil than Hitler (obviously that's not true I'm just trying to prove a point) because he raped, enslaved, and claimed a whole country that's not his.
There is nothing noble about enslaving people. That is like saying we should have a Ted Bundy day. Why would anyone celebrate him? Just in case there are some of you who don't know who Ted Bundy is he was a serial killer. But then we look up to killers, don't we? Like Jesse James, Bonny and Clyde, etc. We are one sick nation.
Zeno here again,
Well I guess I could be straightforward here for once.
Do heroes rape? Do heroes enslave? Do heroes steal? In that case Nelson Mandela was a villain. UNISEF is a criminal organization. Greedy businessmen are heroes. Hitler was a hero.
Is that what today's generation really believe in? Then American history must be heavily biased and twisted.
P.S The next time you here the media saying so and so is a hero. Just ask these questions:
WHO did he/she help and hurt?
WHERE did he/she aid and steal from?
WHAT did this person do?
WHEN did they do this?
WHY did they do this?
HOW did they do this?
These are the words of Zeno.
He may be a hero from the country he originated from, but he shouldn't be that big of deal to US citizens. To the person who said yes, you contradicted yourself. The definition of hero that you are going by mentions a hero of having "noble qualities", yet you later state that a hero doesn't have to have noble qualities.
As I said before, he could very well be a hero from the country he originated from, but the Untied States recognizing a national observance day for him is unnecessary.