History is not politically correct though oftentimes the mythologies that arise from the events of the past need to be adjusted in light of newer findings.

What about the Chinese laborers who worked on the railroad? Are we going to clean up California’s racist history, too?

While we’re on our modern-day recreation of Fahrenheit 451 and tossing Gone With The Wind and the works of Stephen Foster on the altar of revisionism, shouldn’t we add all the Charlie Chan movies? After all, most of them featured Caucasian actors in stereotypical makeup.

Will censoring the American musical heritage or pulling down statues erase a very dark period in our history when people were allowed to own other people, either outright or through chattel slavery?

No, it won’t. It won’t erase Old Black Joe, or Dinah, or Amos and Andy.

What’s worse is the fact that the more some try to suppress this music, the louder others will sing it. We really don’t need to glorify “Dixie.”

Leave it alone. Put it in context; let it fade from the music books over time instead of declaring a jihad. They say time heals all wounds but they never say how long it will take. Slavery was a major wound that was centuries in the creation; it may well take that long for the healing.

We are all the product of our ancestors but that doesn’t mean we’re like them. But it does mean that we’re idiots if we don’t learn from them.

Professional writer. Passionately interested in facts. Founder of onewordtexas.org

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