Learning from our collective past

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Erasing history?

Is that what we’re doing when we tear down monuments? We want to preserve our history, partly because, as American philosopher George Santayana stated,“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” There are people who today deny that the holocaust took place or believe that enslaved people were better off with their “protector” owners.

Will taking down the statues of Confederate generals and a president who owned other human beings make a difference now — so many years after their misdeeds? That depends on whose ears are listening and what we are hearing. Many of us need to listen a little better to understand that the protests of today are a product of our collective past. There are different ways to listen.






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