I am not trying to erase history when I support the removal of Confederate Monuments.I am history. I am the great grand-daughter of slave owners and the African and Indigenous women they oppressed and raped. I am not the exception but the norm among African Americans. Slave owners bred their slaves with their own seed. Despite what you have heard, Black and Native women did not choose these relationships, they had no control of their bodies. I have major skin in this game of History of the United States of America. I can trace my history for 500 years.
History can not be erased. We are all smart enough to know this. There is always evidence of the past in the present and we are intelligent enough to be able to discern what happened even millions of years ago. We understand evolution. Scientists know how to collect these pieces and put them back together to tell the story or in this day we have books and photos. We do not teach history in schools accurately. We tell history from the perspective of the story writer.
Most of the statues that you see would not make the cut of being important and exemplary service in American History. This is about exemplary service in American history. Committing treason and getting thousands of people killed in the process does not equate greatness.
Increasing your knowledge is always a good thing and it will change you in profound ways. I apologize for my fellow Educators who have not been teaching history because it is not a “test subject”. Clearly you are showing us that history is important. You deserve to know history. Now you are learning about Nazis and why we fought a war to defeat them. Find someone who fought in this war or was impacted personally by this war and interview them while you can.
Now you are learning about the KKK and their legacy in our great country which is horrid. They are the original home grown terrorist whose entire existence was based on depriving other American citizens of their life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Learn these lessons well and fight hatred on our soil.
There are wonderful Democrats, wonderful Republicans, wonderful Independents and wonderful non political people. I hope you get to meet all of these wonderful people. Talk to them, listen to them, make up your own mind and vote your conscience. They will have different views and perspectives. This is the American way.
Yes there are people who want to kill us. So what. We have killed a lot of people in our wars. We are professional killers. We are learning that killing people to change attitudes, beliefs and ideas does not work. It actually makes them stronger. We need diplomacy more than ever. Peace is more than the absence of war. Diplomacy is not doing nothing. Killing others isn’t the only option.
Every generation has attacked something from the previous generation since the beginning of time. I will allow you to do your own research to show this. If you want to remove symbols of hate, go right ahead. This is your legacy. Remember that if you are fortunate enough to live to old age, the youth of that era will remove some of your prized symbols. It is called progress. We tore down a monument to George III when we declared our freedom. We know that we were here.
You are responsible for yourself and we are responsible for each other. We are our brother’s and sister’s keeper. No one does it alone. Let your learning continue throughout your life. This is one Elder who supports your request to release the toxicity of hate in our country. And So it is