Christopher Columbus ain’t such a bad guy

ChristophercolumbusYou can go ahead with that Columbus Day sale, apparently. Despite the best efforts of assorted politico-cultural activists to paint Christopher Columbus as the man who brought genocide to the New World, a University of Michigan study finds 85 percent of Americans still describe the old boy in “positive and traditional terms.” Just 4 percent said they see him “as a villain who brought slavery, disease and death to indigenous peoples.” Since a few percent of respondents to any survey will say just about anything, this represents quite a vindication for Chris. It’s hard to think of a public figure now living about whom fewer than 4 percent would say dreadful things.

—Posted by Mark Dolliver

Image: Library of Congress