Trump’s failure to unequivocally denounce racism in Charlottesville and his decision to make this all about monuments has hopefully made Americans more appreciative of what historians do.
Think about it. Over the course of the last week Americans have been offered history lessons on race, African-American history, the Confederacy, the Civil War, the difference between history and heritage, the Jim Crow Era, the meaning of monuments and commemoration, the Civil Rights Movement, the American presidency, and the KKK.
Let’s keep teaching. I hope all the K-12 teachers who read this blog will enter the classroom this year with a renewed sense of purpose and vision. And that goes for my college professor colleagues as well! We have work to do!