Never Forget

Our nation’s tragedies have the potential to unite us and make us stronger, but only if we let them.

Never Forget.

It’s a phrase that carries much meaning to us as Americans, especially during this time of year. We say it like a rallying cry, a call to a unified front, a belief that as Americans we will not back down in the face of evil. I love the phrase. For me, it signifies that while we acknowledge the pain and wounds from the atrocities that have happened on our soil, we are resolved to become stronger because of them.

December 7, 1941, and September 11, 2001, both days that every American will never and should never forget — humbling days that will forever remain stark reminders of the realities of the wickedness present in this world. However, they are also the perfect days for us to come together to belt out our rallying cry with the type of resolve that can knit humanity together.

Never Forget.

My only wish, my one desire, and my hope is that we would apply this same resolve, these same words towards the other evils that have occurred on our soil. You see, when it comes to September 11th and Pearl Harbor we understand that if we allow ourselves to forget these tragedies, then we are not only dishonoring those who lost their lives, but we are also making room for them to happen again.

One of the great things about America is that we can be honest with one another. For the most part, we can speak our minds and stand for what we believe in, without the fear of going missing. So, I ask, why as a nation, do we find it so hard to be truthful with ourselves about ourselves?

We pride ourselves on freedom, liberty, and justice for all and yet we are a nation built on genocide. A nation financially forged from forced chattel slavery. A government running red with the blood of the nameless and faceless skeletons of the enslaved and their offspring. A country that has failed, and oft times still fails, to see a select portion of its people as made in God’s image. A nation that forced the separation of families, that raped and maimed and dehumanized. All of this happened on our land.

However, when it comes to this ugly and deplorable part of our countries’ history, we do and have done everything in our power to hide it, to mislead and miseducate the masses. Some of us even have the gall to tell others to forget, to stop bringing up the past. An act that I consider as unacceptable and un-American as you can get — why? Because Americans don’t forget the realities of evil that happens on our land. We address evil and hatred straight on.

We Never Forget.

“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.” ― William Shakespeare