Learning from histories

I’ve been on a wonderful trip with our in-laws through Pennsylvania. Gettysburg. Lancaster. Philadelphia.

As I’ve taken this trip, especially in Lancaster, PA, where James Buchanan and Thaddeus Stevens both resided, I’ve learned all over again it’s not about history.

It is histories. We don’t get the the whole story a lot of the time when we concentrate on one particular storyline. It is vital to keep digging throughout life to keep learning from as many voices as possible.

It is histories.

Grave marker at Gettysburg battlefield

To sit and wonder

The past few days have been what I call “History Geek Week” for me. We have gone on a fantastic historical tour of Pennsylvania with my in-laws. One I’ve always wanted to do and this was a great opportunity.

The first two days in Pennsylvania were spent in Gettysburg, then Lancaster area. Gettysburg is a place to be studied. It is to be pondered. It is a place to sit and wonder.

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A record must be left

This counts for so little, I know. But, in some dusty corner of the internet bin one day, may this record stand.

The House hearing on the January 6 INSURRECTION is starting and this is the written testimony of one of the Capitol Police Officers. HERE.

I won’t repost one of the more heartbreaking parts because of the use of the “N” word.

I will say this here and now… again: The current derisive use among white conservative Christians of the words “CRT” and “woke” are the new “N” word. In the past week I’ve heard two Christian men I clearly admire say those words with derision and lack of understanding and I’m pissed.

This will sit in a dusty corner of the interwebs. I know. But… let it be there for someone to maybe find generations from now.

Emptying Bad Memories Into the Dustbin of History, By Adebayo Bodunrin -  Premium Times Opinion

History does indeed repeat itself

A safe and happy 4th

Loving this nation doesn’t mean staying blind to its faults. Not staying blind to its faults doesn’t mean “drudging up the past.” Not staying blind and being honest enough to examine where we’ve been also means demanding more as we go forward.

Why would we fear demanding more of ourselves going forward?

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To repent, To change…

While the violence in Tulsa was stunning, American history is littered with examples of street battles, racist uprisings, and mass killings. The history of the 1898 Wilmington, North Carolina, massacre and coup, in which a racist mob overthrew the city government, is its own category of chilling. So is the Rosewood Massacre. The list goes on. 

It is not “hating America” to acknowledge this is part of our story. It is not unpatriotic to understand that much of our present reality exists because the legacy of past atrocities does not fade as quickly as their memory. 

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The Tulsa Massacre