We never forget, yes, because we want to honor those who were lost; yes, because we want to prevent history from repeating itself. We also ‘never forget’ to remind ourselves in the midst of our current struggle that we’ve been here before and had then as we have now: the strength to overcome. We recall some of the freedoms we have laid down, the sacrifice of more honorable men and women in battle—all that was lost in order to persevere. What happens when we see the roots of our history sprouting up on our soil? It’s imperative that we not ignore the reality of America’s racially biased stains of our past, because (in addition to what you mention in the article), we need something to hope for.
In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these. — Paul Harvey
Too many in this country agree with the sentiment that America’s best years are behind her; a claim that can only be supported by ignoring the genocide, the forced labor, the war crime, the religious & political corruption, the unkept promises—the unending list — that scaffolds our highest virtues. Being (indirectly) asked to forget these things causes us to forget the true essence of the greatness of this country. What did it take to overcome slavery & Jim Crow? Among other things: Black unity, White alliances, public demonstration, political pressure. The Black man in the White House doesn’t mean the work is finished, rather, it’s worth it. The work must continue. We must Never Forget.