A pro-Confederate flag group on Facebook put up this deeply ridiculous meme recently. There are a few problems I can see with the it. First off…oh, you know what, let’s be fair here. I don’t want to be so overly critical of the meme maker that I neglect to offer them praise. I mean they totally deserve a slow clap or two for their ability to Google ‘how many people died in the Civil War‘ and come up with 620,000. That level of talent just boggles the mind. So yeah, let’s take a moment to congratulate the meme maker here for the ability to find a number related to the Civil War. Now, about those problems with the meme.
Children across the country are no doubt overjoyed at being out of school today. ‘Christopher Columbus Day’ is the second Monday of every October. It is a day set aside to honor the Italian explorer considered by many to have discovered the ‘New World’ (aka the ‘Americas’) in 1492. Children are taught to revere the heroic man who risked life and limb to prove the Earth was round. They’re taught that he discovered the land that would one day be considered the greatest, most prosperous nation on Earth. Columbus Day is intended as a celebration of this man and all his greatness. In addition to a holiday just for him, Columbus is honored through the poem 1492.
The thing is: his history has been whitewashed.