I would like us all to take a look at the big picture for a moment regarding the Hill Park fountain. Public officials all over the country are removing any symbol of the Confederate army. Streets are being re-named, public schools are getting facelifts, plaques at campgrounds removed etc.

Hmmm….let’s just suffice for a moment that these actions are being taken out of genuine respect. Respect for the African American community whose ancestors were enslaved. OK, I can understand that. We want everyone to feel comfortable and of course do not want to gloat over a dark time in our nation’s history. This all makes sense; except for one important detail…removing all memorabilia of slavery will actually increase the likelihood and speed in which history repeats itself. Which it does. Repeatedly.

Within one generation the bleeding will stop, the scars will heal and people will forget. Because that is what we do; we forget. Ask any alcoholic how long he stayed sober after forgetting his last drink. My guess is, he didn’t make it to lunch. Eyes on the forest not on the trees.

Carolyn Belling

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