President Joe Biden challenged the United States to acknowledge its history with race, declaring that ignoring or denying it won’t do anything for the country’s societal growth.Okay, I accept this. Speak the truth. The good and the bad. One Black boy was killed in 1955. Maybe it was murder. The jury said that it was not. Maybe there was a racial motive. Go ahead and tell the story. A Black boy might have suffered a racial injustice 68 years ago.
Biden spoke from the White House on Tuesday as he was to sign a proclamation establishing a national monument to honor Emmett Till, the African America teenage whose brutal murder in 1955 prompted the Civil Rights Movement. At one point in his speech, Biden chastised “there are those who seek to ban books, bury history” and decline chances to learn from America’s past with the evils of racism.While darkness and denialism can hide much, they erase nothing. You can hide, but they erase nothing.Biden continued to emphasize the virtue of “telling the truth on the full history of our nation,” adding that hate doesn’t go away without being confronted.
We can’t just choose to learn what we want to know. We have to learn what we should know. We should know about our country. We should know everything, the good, the bad, the truth of who we are as a nation. That’s what great nations do, and we are a great nation. That’s what they do, for only with truth comes healing, justice, repair and another step forward toward forming a more perfect union. We have a hell of a long way to go.
“Given a little oxygen by bad people, [hate] comes roaring out again. It’s up to all of us to deal with that,” Biden warned. “It’s up to all of us to stop it. The best way to do that is with the truth. It’s used in a different context, but I think it applies here: Silence is complicity. I will not be silent, nor will you be silent.”
Meanwhile, Blacks commit crimes against Whites every day. Tell those stories also. Give us all the statistics of White on Black and Black on White crimes. Let the truth out.
PBS TV plugs a new book on American Whitelash. It says it is dangerous for Whites to learn the truth about Black crime.
A ridiculous six years after the legendary August 11, 2017 nighttime tiki torch march across Charlottesville’s University of Virginia campus, Florida attorney Augustus Sol Invictus became the seventh participant to be arrested, on June 26, 2023. Today, after being held in jail in Florida for weeks, apparently out of sheer vindictiveness—he did not contest extradition to Virginia—he is due to appear in court in Charlottesville at a bond hearing.It was just a political march. What is the crime?
Separately I see that Kevin Spacey was exonerated, for the second time. He was blacklisted from Hollywood, much worse than any of the 1950s Communists. The charges were always vague and dubious, about events decades ago.