Monday, August 24, 2015

Getting Rid of Our Own Warning Signs?

Currently listening to a podcast (The Black Dad Podcast's episode entitled "The Challenge of Black Fatherhood in America") in which a young Black father argues that we shouldn't be so quick to erase Confederate symbols because:

1) It'll be harder for people of color to know who our enemies are, and

2) Getting rid of things will only facilitate more willful forgetting and revisionist history, since people will look back decades from now and there'll be no more proof that these wrongdoings and strongholds of racism have lasted as long as they have (read: that there are real centuries-long problems that aren't going away so long as people twiddle their thumbs, persist in non-versations, and stick their heads in the sand).

I've never heard this particular argument before. Are POCs darned if we do, darned if we don't?

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