Acknowledge our imperfect past to form a more perfect union

Surmountable Social Issues
Feb 18, 2023
5 min read
Internment of Japanese-Americans is just one of many ugly truths some wish to hide / iStock

Issue 56 • Week of February 12, 2023

If you work at a business which never notices or adapts when clients are lost, there is a good chance that eventually your paycheck will bounce. If you never get that sound checked out on your car, you might soon find yourself stranded on the highway. If you never discuss any symptoms at all with your doctor, then you could die one day from an undiagnosed condition.

Few of us would go through life so carelessly.

Yet there is a new movement that seeks to squash any mention to students of anything the US has done wrong and thereby inadequately prepare the next generation on how to respond to future crises.

America has made countless contributions to better our society that we should celebrate. Our revolutionary methods of governance inspire virtually every other democratic republic, our renowned inventions routinely improve quality of life, our film and music industries influence cultures abroad, our historic resolve bestows a world free from any ruling fascists and a peaceful end to the Cold War, our vaccines save hundreds of millions of lives, and our first footsteps on the Moon represent the apex of human achievement. The list goes on.

But our country has never been perfect. The only way to become moreso is to acknowledge our faults so that we do not repeat them.

What makes America exceptional and how can we forge a better tomorrow?

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