Letter to the editor: Know the past
To the editor:
When American rebels tore down the statue of King George III, they turned it into bullets, which they then aimed at British troops. Today there is great anguish over statues being knocked down around America.
I do not share the anguish. I have confidence some clever entrepreneur will begin to gather them up and will create an excellent tourist site. Citizens from all 50 states can come to see and learn about the various figures Jake Tapper called “the dead, racist losers.”
I see no reason to destroy the statues, for bullets or revenge, and no reason why we cannot use them to learn about the errors and cruelty of our past. Many of our current citizens will be shocked when seeing the extent and methods used by the citizens involved in that pernicious separation of humanity by color of skin for their own power, prosperity and prestige.
By understanding the damage our ancestors did we may increase the compassion and sense of responsibility we need in order to heal our society.
The United States was born through revolution, and several of our significant changes have come through public struggle. It makes for a noisy society, but I believe if we listened more carefully we could create more calm.