The Past is the Past

“Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming”; “Committee on Art in Public Spaces” ; “Chief Diversity Office”; these names and similar titles are appearing in colleges and universities across America, all of which are prone to cater to snowflakes whining about everything from art to building names to stone work on buildings.

The offense?  The “perception” of these things meaning slavery or racism or other fabricated rhetoric.   It appears in the minds of individuals who apparently find offense in even the most mundane things which have been around decades longer than they have.

It is rather intriguing that a person (too many persons, actually) cannot walk past artwork without examining it and deciding it should be moved, covered up, or destroyed.   Because THEY deem it racist or a part of “America’s dark history” it has no right to be displayed in a public place.

Dark history is a determination not necessarily bad.  The ideal situation is that Society as a whole continues to learn from the past (dark history) and moves toward a more civilized future.  But instead we see knee-jerk reactions that would force us to hide the harbingers of past mistakes and force the Public to forget them.

They refuse to allow these things to be reminders of what we must guard against.

Not only that, they are denying the preservation and display of some things that are of artistic value and historical importance.  To deem them only as offensive is just wrong, and falls under the purview of political correctness.

Demonizing a work of art that portrays life the way it was in the past is just another attempt at censoring and rewriting history.   There are things in America’s past of which Americans are not proud, but they happened.  We cannot change the past either by ignoring it or hiding it.

The past is the past.

The Psalmist prayed:
“Do not hold against us the sins of past generations;
may your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need.” (Psalm 79)

We today are not responsible for, nor can we change, what our ancestors did 50, 100, or 200 years ago.  We can learn and remember what they did, and we can resolve to not make the same mistakes.

Indeed, we must not make the same mistakes.