How do you respond to someone who thinks they have history on “their” side?
I want to say that history doesn’t belong to anyone.
It’s a complex web of personal stories — some told well, others not and some lost forever.
I want to say that the Confederate flag flown by the Southern Democrats of Jim Crow America were not horrible men, but a product of a time steeped in a culture of racism and a lack of honest reflection about the past. I want to say that those Southern Democrats were a completely different party than the Democrats today.
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Just like the party of presidents Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt was vastly different than the Republican party today.
But will that help change a tone?
As a high school government and history teacher, I was happy to see the League of Women Voters article that was above Morgan’s letter, which featured the key principles of civil discourse.
My experience has taught me that the way to get young people interested is to make civil discourse respectful and show them that their voice is important. Divisive talk does just the opposite.