Erasing People
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>>>>> How do you erase people?
>>>>> It’s difficult, but made easier when political forces are on your side.
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>>>>> Denying the Holocaust was one way to erase Jews from history; specifically, the history of WW II. Fortunately, its advocates were neutralized in 1985 when West Germany made it a crime to deny the Holocaust.
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>>>>> Protecting victim groups, like Jews and Afro-Americans from their rightful claim to history, is challenged by history deniers, history revisionists and craven racists and xenophobes.
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>>>>> In America, insisting slavery is not a hoax is a tall order at a time when the history of slavery is subject to the belligerent ignorance of white supremacists…plus state legislatures dominated by white supremacists and a Supreme Court with a shocking tendency to favor white governance.
>>>>> Erasing the history of slavery in America — the undeniable history of Blacks in America — is at the top of white supremacist’s “To-Do” agenda.
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>>>>> Let’s look back…
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>>>>> Growing up, I considered the Olympics to be the quintessential sporting competition of my era. Every two years I would alternate between watching the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.  I couldn’t get enough of either one.
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>>>>> In the 1960’s and 70’s, during the peak of the Cold War, geopolitical tensions between the US and the Soviets were at a fever pitch and the Olympics served as neutral ground where both sides could set aside their animosities and allow the physical prowess of their respective athletes to rule the day.
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>>>>> Except…
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>>>>> …in competitions where international judges are allowed to use a scorecard to determine an athlete’s fate.  Russian judges, along with their sympathizing judges, consistently rewarded mediocre Communist athletes with high scores and punished superior Free World athletes with outrageously unfair, lower scores. These travesties in the geo-political athletic world occurred in figure skating, boxing and diving to mention only three venues.
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>>>>> If you’re as old as I am, I’m certain you remember these moments when the Cold War played out inside a skating venue and got so hot it could have melted the ice; in truth, it set my hair on fire.
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>>>>> Athletes deserving a permanent place in sports history were effectively erased.  They disappeared from memory thanks to the vagaries of geopolitical gamesmanship.
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>>>>> Memory politics is spreading through America like a viral contagion.
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>>>>> Mythologizing our understanding of the past has become a weapon of political elites.
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>>>>> Political dogma is the mother of memory politics.  It informs political elites what events deserve public attention and approval and which deserve to be silenced and removed from the nation’s collective consciousness.  In effect, what events, i.e., people, should be erased from history.
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>>>>> Memory politics is the means that leads to the inevitable end of erasing inconvenient, critical truths from America’s ugly
>>>>> white history.
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>>>>> Critical race theory is an American orphan.  She’s been abandoned by white supremacists (aka Republicans) and left hoping beyond hope that empathetic Democrats will have the guts, the temerity and the resolve to adopt her.
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>>>>> At this point, the odds are against her.
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