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The Hill
October 9, 2017

A descendant of Christopher Columbus penned an op-ed published Monday defending Columbus’s legacy.

In the op-ed published in USA Today — titled “Hey America, my ancestor didn’t cause your failings” — Christopher Columbus XX wrote that history has some “truly evil people,” but his ancestor is “not one of them.”

“Most often, history is not made up of perfect people and evil ones, but of complex people who must be understood in context,” he wrote.

“What is happening at the hands of Columbus’ detractors is political, not historical. As his direct descendant and namesake, I should know.”

“What is happening at the hands of Columbus’ detractors is political, not historical. As his direct descendant and namesake, I should know.”

Columbus XX wrote that blaming his ancestor for everything that went wrong when two cultures met for the first time in 1492 “hides the truth about him” and “obscures the great things that the countries of the American hemisphere have accomplished.”

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