If we don’t know our history, we are destined to repeat it

My jaw dropped when I read the first sentence in this thoughtful and thought-provoking post by our friend Keith. I think yours will too. Trump’s desire to teach revisionist history can only lower us even further in the eyes of the world … it can only be thought of as the ‘dumbing-down of America’. Please take a minute to read Keith’s post and ponder on the direction we are headed. Thanks, Keith!


I read this week from a UPI article that 60% of millennials and Gen-Zers are unaware that 6 million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust by the Nazis in World War II. I use the word “exterminated” as that is what the Nazis did by gassing Jews after they rounded them up. If the brashness of this statement offends – I apologize for the needed candor. It is meant to wake people up.

But, the Nazi genocide of Jews is among too many persecutions around the world and over time. The United States has had three persecutions of groups of people, two of which leading to many deaths. We should never forget these sad parts of our history or white-wash (word intentionally chosen) them away.

– European settlers of the US over time seized land from, killed many and moved Native Americans over the course of three centuries. Even today…

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7 thoughts on “If we don’t know our history, we are destined to repeat it

  1. My thoughts first went along the same lines as yours, but then pivoted to Keith’s points. I didn’t muster the energy to write about it; I already knew my thoughts about it. One is that the ‘winning side’ writes the history. Winning is used as a synonym for conquering and dominating, innit? Then I went from our untaught history to the 1619 Project to Trump’s counter bullshit. Sadly, I thought of how many endorsiee Trump’s version of history, the pleasantly homogenized and cleansed teaching in American schools about how kind and noble is America. Make America Great Again? It’s yet to achieve that it could. Hiding from the truth will never help, which is why Trump’s lies hurt most of all.

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    • Sigh. History may be written by the conquerors, but there are also those of us with clear vision who can leave a record of the truth for future generations. No nation is perfect, we’ve all made mistakes, but to try to cover up those mistakes is a crime. To whitewash the history of this nation, which has some very dark moments including the present ones, is to turn us into abominable creatures. I’ve never been more ashamed of this nation than I am today. Sigh.

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    • Michael, well said. America has achieved a lot through failure and overcoming such. That arc toward truth that MLK talked about takes a long time. It took 100 years after the Civil War for the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act to be passed. The white-washing of history is more nefarious than making us feel good. It is about addressing a white demographic that will become a plurality, not a majority in the next thirty years. This scares the heck out of some people, hence the acceptance of more autocratic changes. I heard former Republican Steve Schmidt say this before the 2018 election, citing the importance that Democrats take back the house. Keith

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