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Slavery, the Past, and Coping Rather Than Neglecting

There was a bit of discussion today in class about covering up/erasing the history of slavery from Texas’ past.  Someone specifically made a comment about how it seems as though we intentionally try to pretend as though much of this history involving slavery did not happen.  Although this seems to be very true, I am also wondering whether or not it is more of Texas’ way (or you could include other parts of the South that identify with this covering up of certain pieces of history) of coping with a shameful, embarrassing past that is quite different from today’s views on slavery and race, rather than perceiving these acts of great concealment as pretending that we live in a great place that has always been great and never really bad.  Since we have come very far from the mistreatment and attitudes towards equating people with products of business it would make sense to look back and think “man, not that long ago we had some pretty atrocious things going on with slavery here.  How embarrassing is this?” and feel inclined to do something about it now such as forgetting the past because “that’s not how we are now.”  I am not trying to make an excuse for neglecting these parts of our history, I only want to point out that we as human beings tend to wish that certain things in the past did not happen or did not occur the way that they did.  In fact, I suggest that it is more important and more beneficial for us to come to terms with our past and rather than trying to forget it, make it a reminder of what we have overcome and how we can continue to better humanity regarding the issues of race and any other issues stemming from this part of our past.

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  1. lhennigan
    February 1, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I completely agree with you. I think that all across the world, humanity has a tendency to want to forget negative aspects of the past and move on into the future. Texas is no different, but I do think that its important to look back on history and learn from it. I also think that it’s important to educate people on the history of Texas without glossing over things that we may not want to teach people. I have lived in Texas my entire life and I honestly never thought about slavery being in Texas until this class. It’s really sad but the truth is nobody talks about it or wants anyone to remember that part of history at all, even though it holds significance to many people.

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