posted on Sep, 16 2017 @ 12:36 PM
Race baiting is bad enough between people alive today, now we have to drag our entire National history through the filter of political
correctness. That is a process that will never end.
a reply to: Asktheanimals
I hear you. But isn't that what we tend to do with "history?" Real history is full of the facts of what happened, and the best guesses as to the
motivations and character of the predominant figures. So often, however, history is the servant of Patriotism or Ideology before Truth.
Isn't the painting of Washington crossing the Delaware an effort to construct a noble interpretation of history? It is a glorification of an event, a
reinvention of it.
Isn't the pogrom of "African slaves aren't really people so what we do to them is okay" a form of "political correctness" for the time period and
place it was enacted? Who wanted to see the ugly truth of what it meant to own the life of another human being?
Dehumanizing black people was a means of allowing slaves owners to blind themselves to their own actions and salve any misgivings they might have, and
if the South had won Independence and had broken the Union, wouldn't paintings of the victory have been rendered in such epic style as Washington
crossing the Delaware? Wouldn't they have been sanitized and glorified and made sacred too?
A Change in perspective changes history - not WHAT happened, but how we interpret it, and whether or not it was glorious or shameful, righteous or
Stripping away the veil of "sacred cows" from our and looking at the brutality, betrayal, arrogance, greed and such along with the establishment of a
very progressive, dynamic Republic with high Ideals and a new system of checks and balances, as well as the conflict of ideology that has been
constantly wrestled with for centuries, give a better insight into the reality of how our nation formed. It wasn't all noble. It wasn't all good. We
learn from our mistakes or risk making them again. We can only learn from them if we are willing to see them.
Rather than framing it as PC, I see it as seeking truth with unflinching eyes - the opposite of a "safe space."