krugerstat03“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”   George Orwell

We can tear down our monuments; eliminate offensive art depicting wars of the past from public buildings; try to whitewash history to fit our agenda; but we will never completely remove the memory of it.

As the issue of taking down monuments and statues has surfaced, we’re faced with a new problem.  Are we going to delete our past so we can focus on the future, or are we going to keep the memory alive so that we can learn from it?  It’s easy to cover things up and expect them to disappear, but that isn’t reality.  Our memories are even more competent than the most sophisticated computers.

We cannot eliminate the memory.  It’s not as easy as deleting it from a computer or from the classroom. The human mind will not…

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