King inspired us, but his memory is being darkened by hate. The darkening involves using history to justify current anger.
Slavery existed before writing existed and has been accepted as the right of the powerful over the weak. Slavery began when those defeated in war but not killed were made the property of the victorious. Eventually, other sources were sought and the slave trade grew.
Think about slavery – clearly a travesty against humankind, but one that illustrates the use of history to inflame. How? Vilifying any of the founding fathers who owned slaves. Thomas Jefferson being a case in point.
He owned slaves, moreover, it also seems he fathered children on Sally Hemmings one of his slaves. Not justifiable. No longer acceptable, but universal behavior at the time, and continuing today.
Although outlawed in all countries since 2007, there are an estimated 20 to 36 million slaves worldwide today. There are more slaves throughout the world than at any other time in history.
According to the University of Houston’s Digital History Web page, “… it continues through such practices as debt bondage, serfdom, domestic servants kept in captivity, certain adoptions in which children are forced to work as slaves, child soldiers, human trafficking and forced marriage.”
What do to?
One: Stop hate in all its forms.
Two: Do not use history to teach hate but for learning about evil. Pulling down statues is an act of revenge and hate. Instead, append each statue with bronze plate that acknowledges the evil but also that evil is a failure of community, not an individual,
Three: Direct your energies toward ending slavery in our time. Support agencies devoted to ending modern-day slavery.
Four: Practice forgiveness. Doing so requires knowing all humans are flawed and that given that fact anyone of us could be a slave or a slave owner. It is just a matter of time, place and custom.
That does not mean excusing cruelty and evil. Recognize evil, punish evildoers, with undue cruelty and with a sadness that humans remain frail.
Five: Know your prejudices, biases, and irrational hatred. Face them and work to eradicate each one.
Six: Remember what matters: decreasing hate and violence so we can all live in harmony.
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