Balance and Understanding in History

This past weekend an ugly friend as reared its head.  We called that friend racism. There was no need for loss of a life or harm to anyone because of race.  It is the same for gender, orientation, or faith. 

This is where I may be questioned.  I am of the belief that history is important!  My own heritage of being part Jewish only makes my point stronger.  I do not want that to be a reason to remove our history.  It is our history!  

I understand the anger and the need to show that anger. I also believe that ugly behavior is still ugly behavior, no matter which side.  I do respect that President Trump made the statement, "Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans."  I hope he will stand by the statement.  

I hope the people out there who are saying remove the Confederate historical landmarks have an understanding what they are doing.  They are removing the history of our country.  We cannot change the past.  This is the mistake people did in WWII.  They hid the truth until no one could defend the citizens of Germany from themselves.

I have an idea and it may be stupid, but I will say it.  Change the message connected to the words.  Make it clear it is not an opinion but history.  People need to know history!

Violence is wrong against objects of history and Individuals.  God did not create life to watch it be destroyed by HATE.  LOVE is stronger than HATE!  Let our history remain; these people were children of God too!

I say, "BREAK THE HATE; EMBRACE THE LOVE!"