Whitewashing America’s past doesn’t honor it, burnish it, or repair it. All it accomplishes is making present-day Americans ignorant, naive, cocky and shallow. American society deserves respect for recognizing its ethical and moral errors and misconceptions, debating them, and remarkably often, fixing them. This is another reason why the new volume of Mark Twain masterpieces omitting his pointed use of the word “nigger” does damage to history and culture. It is also the reason why the Republican-led reading of the Constitution should have included all of the Constitution, including the document’s initial support of slavery.
It didn’t. As Republicans have demonstrated before and will again, they really don’t understand the document they claim to revere. The fact that the Constitution was imperfect at its origin and will always be imperfect, even as American society learns and grows wiser, naturally causing the meaning of the document to refine itself, is something to be celebrated and embraced. America is about growth, change, and self-improvement. There is nothing in the Constitution to be ashamed of, nothing that should not be read with the rest.
The Democrats think the Constitution is an archaic relic, and the Republicans think it needs to be censored like a Henry Miller novel.
Great. It is a testimony to the brilliance of the Founders that they could create a government that can survive being run by individuals so narrow-minded and fearful.