Censorship is a far more powerful tool than many politicians can even fathom, particularly in the realm of history.
We cannot run or hide from the past, nor should we. The totality of all that has occurred before us is intrinsic to our very identity as a culture, and, in some ways, as a species.
This is as true in America as it is anywhere else, and maybe even more dramatically. You see, Americans have, from the very beginning, believed that we would be the writers of our own destiny. We also understood that, in order to achieve this, we would have to be receptive to hearing the opinions and ideologies of those whom we disagree with.
It also meant that we mustn’t shy away from the darker, dirtier parts of our past.
Yet still, there are history revisionists the world over who would like to sanitize reality for the sake of the emotional impact that actuality will have on certain people.
2020 democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg appears to be in favor of such historical distortion.
The following partial transcript comes to us from the Hugh Hewitt Show:
HUGH HEWITT: Let’s go to policy now. A very blunt question because you talk about going to every Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Indiana when you were running statewide. Should Jefferson-Jackson dinners be renamed everywhere because both were holders of slaves?
MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG: Yeah, we’re doing that in Indiana. I think it’s the right thing to do. You know, over time, you develop and evolve on the things you choose to honor. And I think we know enough, especially Jackson, you know, you just look at what basically amounts to genocide that happened here. Jefferson’s more problematic. You know, there’s a lot to, of course, admire in his thinking and his philosophy. Then again, as you plunge into his writings, especially the notes on the state of Virginia, you know that he knew that slavery was wrong.
Jefferson’s offenses do not warrant his erasure from history, in the same way that Adolf Hitler’s evils must remain in the public consciousness.
Remember always: Sunlight is the best disinfectant. Allowing the misgivings over those who came before us to live in the shadows only cripples our ability to recognize them when they pounce forth again.
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