To project modern day standards of morality and conduct onto those of the past is akin to contaminating a crime scene. Our desire to play Monday Morning Quarterback with Columbus' legacy actually does more to distort true history than anything. In the same way that each individual is to blame for his/her own tobacco addiction, we must judge Columbus by the standards of his time and according to the world as he saw it.
Brad Hart (“Why We Must Sue Native Americans This Columbus Day”)
Words To Live By? - Observed at the Hirshhorn Museum, D.C.:
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