Ignorance or Education: Shall we learn or pretend it never happened?

They will be called the “Washington Football Team” for the time being. The team had been called the Washington Redskins since 1933.
They will be called the “Washington Football Team” for the time being. The team had been called the Washington Redskins since 1933.

We sometimes wonder how the people in this wonderful country, no matter how smart, no matter how experienced, no matter how educated,
can sometimes actually be so very ignorant! It has nothing to do with where they were educated or how many years they went to school.
As we all know, common sense is not at all that common these days. Maybe it never was, but we know for sure that it certainly isn’t these days. Who can say that common sense rules when we see things like our historic statues being pushed off their pedestals and broken into many pieces. Or taken down and thrown into a lake, or desecrated in any of several other ways.
Some of those statues have been around for many, many years, and they were erected to honor various personages at different times of our history. But rather than destroy a statue that perhaps needed to be removed during our present more enlightened age, we could have put it
in a museum for “outdated” statues or statues that are presently offensive now that we’ve had time to understand the story behind them,
rather than pretending they never existed. We could have added a little plaque to the statue that explains why we erected it and why we
felt it should be removed. That museum alone would be an education for those who come after us.
A statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was toppled in Richmond, Virginia, and statues of Christopher Columbus in Boston, Miami and Virginia have been vandalized as well.
The whole movement had been sparked by the death of African American George Floyd. His death in Minneapolis led to protests in the US and
internationally against police brutality and racial inequality.
Eliminating any statue, mostly those that were Confederate soldiers and generals, those that were largely connected to inequality in any way, especially of those who kept slaves, began almost immediately with no regard for the fact that destroying those statues was, in and of each act itself, a crime. Even statues of George Washington and Lincoln were vandalized. Those who participated in the desecration, vandalism, and/or destruction of those statues have been deemed domestic terrorists.
But some people in this country were not satisfied with taking down statues, they started cancelling the books that many of us grew up with; six books by Dr. Seuss, and some other major books were deemed unsuitable during this time and were committed to the list of banned books, thanks to those who felt it was time to make stories from our past just disappear: The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald; The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger; The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck; and To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.
How long will pieces of our history keep disappearing, wiping away our hard-earned past?
And while we agree that some sports teams were originally named without too much thought for how they would seem way down the road,
but they’ve had their names way longer than the team players have been alive, it was time for a change in this new age of enlightenment.
While those names didn’t seem to be a problem when they were first applied, now that we can see how the names could sound offensive,
there have been several name changes all around.
One of the most recent sports team names to be changed is the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). In a statement posted on the team’s official website in July, it was announced that they are officially replacing the Redskins name and logo. They will be called the “Washington Football Team” for the time being. The team had been called the Washington Redskins since 1933.
Stanford University, located in California, referred to their sports teams as the Indians from a period of 1930-1972. While they did not
have an official mascot at this time, the “Indian” was considered to be their symbol. Their mascot was later updated to reflect the change.
In an interview with the New York Times, Suzan Shown Harjo, an advocate for Native American rights who has led the fight against
inappropriate Indigenous team names and mascots in sports for decades, said no matter the good intent, the name should still be changed.
And so it goes. But maybe the biggest and strangest change that has been suggested in this new age of enlightenment is to remove all traces of the “White” Jesus. Why? Because Shaun King says so. “They are a gross form of White supremacy,” King wrote. “Created as tools of oppression. Racist propaganda. They should all come down.”
Hopefully before Jesus disappears without a trace, we can be enlightened enough to know none of us are perfect, and it’s the actual Jesus, European White or dark skinned, not some artist’s rendering, that we really love and pray to. And God forbid his son being next removed just to please that earthly King.

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