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Do We Dare Forget?

Hunley v Housatonic

This isn’t science fiction art! Rather it’s an artist’s rendition of the first successful submarine attack, which happened in February 1864 during the U.S. Civil War.

I can’t think of a single cultural group whose practices and beliefs are all good or all bad. This doesn’t surprise me, as I also can’t think of any human beings that are all good or all bad. Even the worst of the worst often have some small redeeming quality.

But more and more, I wonder if I’m the only one who holds these kinds of opinions.

I’ve hesitated to speak of my dismay about the Confederate statues coming down in New Orleans, because the fact that my skin is white means that most who would hear the opinion would dismiss it as a racist or privileged attitude. That’s unfortunate, because the reason for my dismay is anything but. It’s rooted in the fact that black-and-white thinking and closing our eyes to the past are both practices that risk a disaster for the future.

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