So much of the “discourse” surrounding history on this website is basically something akin to “This person/these people were bad/did bad things so don’t talk about them ever at all and if you do talk about them, you must agree with their actions and you’re trash.”
That’s so…..bad? And I’m not expecting this website to be an emissary of historical study but if we’re gonna use social media to have discussions, we need to address that. You don’t do anyone any favours by choosing to pull a veil over unsavoury aspects of the past. Shitty people existed. Hard times happened. There’s no use wrapping it up in cottonwool or twisting it or telling a half-truth. It is what it is. Nuanced discussions are required to learn from it and improve our present and our future which I believe is one of the reasons we should study history in the first place. To take a moral tale.