The Oatmeal Proposes a Wonderful Alternative To Columbus Day
He convincingly argues that “Christopher Columbus was awful,” adding, “He discovered the New World much like a meteorite discovered the dinosaurs.”
Detailing tales of his cruelty towards the same Lucayan Natives who helped save the crew of the shipwrecked Santa Maria, the strip is appalled that, “THE FATHER OF THE TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE IS HONORED ON THE SAME LEVEL AS ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.”
But rather than just heap on the scorn, The Oatmeal ends by shining light on another historical figure, the antithesis of Columbus: Bartolomé de las Casas.
De las Casas was a fellow New World explorer and slave owner who, after witnessing the atrocities being committed against the native population had a change of heart, freeing his slaves and fighting against “the cruelty and imperialism of the Spanish Crown,” becoming one of history’s first human rights advocates.
We’ll be joining The Oatmeal on Monday in celebrating Bartolomé Day, instead.