To the editor:
Our Christopher Columbus monument in Baltimore was vandalized in August, and now others are trying to do the same to our Columbus monument at Columbus Circle in Manhattan.
Protesters of the monument state that they will not tolerate hate due to Columbus’ treatment of Native Americans, but think of how filled with hate are the hearts of the persons who committed such an act of vandalism.
In 1492, people believed that the Earth was flat, and if sailors sailed too far, they would fall off the edge of the Earth and be devoured by serpents. Columbus was one of the first who believed the Earth to be round, and was extremely courageous to try to prove his point by sailing for months, and yes, landing in America, home to us.
This is the big picture of why we erected a monument and designated a holiday in his name.