Columbus and the myth of America’s immaculate conception

Why is it so important for conservatives to believe conquerors were noble and good?

Portrait of a Man, Said to Be Christopher Columbus (Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain)

There’s an infamous Sopranos episode called “Christopher,” in which the Jersey mobsters get in a beef with some Native American activists protesting Christopher Columbus. It’s a truly awful episode—consistently rated panned by…

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Justin Ward

Justin Ward

Journalist and activist. Founder and co-chair of DivestSPD. Bylines at SPLC, The Baffler, GEN, USA Today. Follow on Twitter: @justwardoctrine, @DivestSPD