John Kelly, Trump Chief of Staff, thinks it we shouldn’t remove Confederate symbols in a interview with on 10/31/2017.
I agree with him when he says that the push to remove Confederate symbols shows,”a lack of appreciation of history and what history is.”
So, the clear answer to really appreciate history is to add symbols of Slaves.
We have a lot of pictures of Slaves, I would think, Kelly, and others in his Tribe, should embrace history and support the presentation of what Slavery was like.
On another Learning Thread – I Disagree with Kelly
It’s important to note – I strongly disagree with Kelly on something else he said. And, I think it is important to describe how impactful his beliefs are.
Here are quotes from Kelly,
“I think we make a mistake, though, and as a society and certainly as, as individuals, when we take what is today accepted as right and wrong and go back 100, 200, 300 years or more and say…’what Christopher Columbus did was wrong,'”
“I mean, human history, our culture is an evolving thing. There will be 100 or 200 years from now people that criticize us for what we do and I guess they’ll tear down, you know, statues of people that we revere today,”
“There are certain things in history that were not so good and other things that were very, very good,” he said.
Apparently, Mr. Kelly, believes trying to determine if the Confederacy was a good or bad thing is in itself a bad thing. He strongly implies that since there were good people on both sides, we should not try to say that there bad people on both sides.
The bad people on the Union side, according to supporters of the Confederacy, wanted to illegally keep the Union together. The bad people on the Confederacy side, according to supporters of the Union, wanted to keep slavery legal.
Kelly is saying that we should not believe that keeping slavery legal is a bad thing.
this is what the study of History does.
The passion to remove these symbols shows “a lack of appreciation of history and what history is.” The study of history tries to appreciate history, so we don’t make the same mistakes again. Mr. Kelly, I find your suggestion that we don’t judge slavery as a bad thing, informative as to your thinking. You did not mention
“I mean, human history, our culture is an evolving thing. There will be 100 or 200 years from now people that criticize us for what we do and I guess they’ll tear down, you know, statues of people that we revere today,” Kelly said.