When people say removing statues is erasing history, I ask the same question this article poses: where are the statues of the lives lost? Where is the victory celebration for 1865 and its winners? Where is the honor for those who rose despite great challenges? Until we acknowledge all of our history, celebrating some of it is part of why our nation is so one sided. We only hear about one side. We must tell all of our history without trying to diminish the suffering of some, or celebrate the brutality of some, and even stop segregating ourselves in church, at work, etc. Until we are willing to really acknowledge all of it, Christians are giving lip service to the suffering of Christ by smiting the suffering of minorities. It’s not about you personally owning up to what white america did, it’s about owning that it happened at all.
If your response to slavery is “I didn’t personally do that”, these are not the words of a moral person. The old “if your friends drove off a bridge, would you” adage applies here. someone help me out with a verse here, but I don’t think Jesus would say of the Jewish slaves “well, it wasn’t me”. I’m sick of the “what about ism”.
A better response is to a) listen to understand, b) ask how it affects the person, c) ask what you can do as a person of (faith or color or group you are in), d) thank them for sharing their feelings/story.
“Where, exactly, are all the statues to the millions of enslaved men and women who were so crucial to the foundation of our great nation?” asks columnist Petula Dvorak