Despite the fact that it's pretty much inarguable at this point that Christopher Columbus was a monster of historical proportions -- the debate is, at this point, how great of one he was, comparatively speaking -- there are many people who still vehemently defend him as a sort of sad proxy of their childhood or ideology:
Then, of course, there are those with common sense:
And because it's the Internet, there are those just here for the lulz:
Scott Eric Kaufman
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