Unheeded history: Why Indigenous Peoples’ Day is overdue

Spanish-born American author and philosopher George Santayana is generally credited with the oft-quoted line about how those who don’t remember the past are doomed to repeat it. He died in 1952. Sixty-eight years later, a corollary is overdue: Those who have never known an honest accounting of the past are doomed to repeat it, as are their descendants. What some see as the destruction of U.S. history — where Confederate generals are no longer hailed as heroes with statues in public squares or their names plastered on military bases, for example — is often something closer to a reasonable reaction to a more honest accounting of it. And so it is with the upcoming Columbus Day holiday. (Balt Sun)

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