what is it that's so appealing about long dead white male slave owners?
I am going to pretend this wasn’t a legitimate question because this is the stupidest question I have ever received into my box. I am going to be very blunt here:
Basically what you are saying, is that nobody should study history. “They were all racist so we shouldn’t study history!” it was history. They were racist, and without history how would we learn from the shitty things people have done in the past. Taking words from a wise quote, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it”. History helps us understand change and how the society we live in came to be. All people are living histories.
I know what you are trying to imply is why should we study a bunch of racists. It is important, it is so important. Some of us actually have an interest in how the founding of America came to be, how the world came to be and how people who have done incredible things can still be terrible people.
“We shouldn’t study American History because America was founded by a ton of racists.”
That is the most ignorant statement on the entire planet. If you’re not into history- that is fine, whatever. But I find history to be so very fascinating- they were people. They were people. They were people who did actually human things: they laughed, they cried, they did a bunch of shit.
You cannot learn about slavery without bringing up the people who were in involved with it. I really don’t know how to put my argument into words it is frustrates me so much. You can like a historical figure, it is good to recognize that they were an actual human being because knowing that they were an actual person and knowing of all of the terrible things that they do helps us know that people are not perfect individuals and that people are capable of doing truly tragic things.
The past causes the present, and so the future.
By learning of our mistakes from the past, we work to fix them- to take care of them, to get rid of our mistakes in the present- from our methods in the present it influences out the creation of humanity.
Not studying the founding fathers because they were racist is like not studying the Enlightenment thinker Rousseau (THE SOCIAL CONTRACT) because he held a strong dislike for women.