Of Columbus in particular, old lies are the most pertinent today. In all actuality, Christopher Columbus was a faithful Catholic explorer who discovered important trade routes, made it to mainland Central America, and helped settle current United States soil in Puerto Rico. He never had slaves, never killed anyone, never raped anyone, and never committed genocide.
The threats and danger the Apostles faced are not greater or lesser than those we face today, because immorality and sin are a constant with humans. Trying to politicize and justify any type of violence and destruction is to turn from God, because only He is right and anything that turns from him is wrong.