Passing By On The Other Side

June 13, 2020

Suddenly, upon some serious reflection, I realized that I have been very much the priest or Levite with regard to race relations. I was not the one kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, but I have often been the one observing injustice and “passing by on the other side.” For a long time I supported praising the Confederacy via monuments, and just dismissed the horrors arising from that period as “past tense” and probably not too bad,* and did not acknowledge that it continues even until today as a state of mind and as actions ensuing from that state of mind and spawning hate and injury. 

* I remember learning as a teenager that slaves could not have been mistreated, or at least not badly, because they cost so much money and so had to be protected from harm.

I realize now this all has to change and there has to be dramatic shift in our telling of history. And the Confederate monuments must “come tumbling down.” I think that maybe some of the monuments in DC,* e.g., the Jefferson Memorial, need also to be removed. What would we think if the Germans started erecting monuments to leaders of the Third Reich? Indeed I am still troubled about how much Hitler was impressed by the American treatment of the Native Americans  (this is presented near the bottom of a recent blog on Hitler). I did not know about this because it was not included in my history lessons. That has to change.

* And as my friend LVR has reminded me, the “DC’ means District of Columbia (in honor of Christopher Columbus) and, according to my thinking, also needs to be changed.

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