I cannot understand how burying the history of slavery, lynching, Jim Crow, segregation and systemic racism serves the education of our youth.
My favorite definition of patriotism is a statement by German immigrant and Missouri Sen. Carl Schurz in 1871: “”My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.” We can’t set it right if we fail to teach it.
By the way, that’s what the LDS Church is doing: “Today, the Church disavows the theories advanced in the past that black skin is a sign of divine disfavor or curse, or that it reflects unrighteous actions in a premortal life; that mixed-race marriages are a sin; or that blacks or people of any other race or ethnicity are inferior in any way to anyone else. Church leaders today unequivocally condemn all racism, past and present, in any form.” (Race and the Priesthood)
David Eccles, North Salt Lake