A Place to Start By Amanda S. Green — According To Hoyt

 

Yesterday, we celebrated the 243rd anniversary of our nation’s independence. The road here hasn’t been easy and there are a number of people, including a number of politicians, who would dearly love to see this be the last anniversary we celebrate.

Too many want to erase our past because it isn’t “convenient” or “comfortable” by today’s standards. Works of art are being painted over in major cities because they might make someone feel uncomfortable. The names of authors and literary innovators are being stripped from awards because they acted within the norms of their day, norms that are no longer “accepted” today.

This attempt to erase history doesn’t cure the so-called problems of the day. All it does is bury it and prevent us from learning from past mistakes. Instead of burying our heads in the sand, we should be taking a hard look at what happened and why and find the best way to prevent it from happening again.

It means standing up to the loud voices of the vocal few who demand the sanitization of our history and looking long and hard at their motivation. It means often putting ourselves out and taking stances that might not make us any friends in the other camp but that will spark those who have yet to make up their minds to think about the issues and the facts behind them. This is something Professor Thomas Sowell does very well, and we would all be better off if we’d follow his example.

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