Remembering History Versus Honoring It

As Neo-Confederates continue to defend the American Swastika, they keep talking about ‘remembering history.’ But there’s a difference between remembering what happened versus celebrating it.

Listening to them, one would think a statue of Robert E. Lee or a high-flying Confederate flag is similar to Yad Va’Shem or the Toul Sleng Museum. They’re not. The former celebrate a spirited defense of what was a massive labor camp governed by an deliberately calibrated regime of torture and terror.

It’s fine to remember history–all of it. But that’s very different from celebrating it.

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