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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Confronting Hate: A Historical Review and Current Strategies

On a same-day visit to both the Holocaust Museum and the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), my world view shifted dramatically. The urgency of history, coupled with the current political climate and social unrest, compelled me to write. The time for complacency is over; it's time to engage, learn, and act.

In a single day, I walked through the chilling corridors of the Holocaust Museum and the transformative spaces of the NMAAHC. The experience was nothing short of a jolt to my soul, an awakening of the urgency to confront hate—both historical and current. As I transitioned from one museum to the other, my eyes opened wide to the undeniable parallels between Nazi Germany and America's own turbulent past and, alarmingly, its potential future.

You may think you understand history, but until you see it juxtaposed against the haunting echoes of the present, you're skimming the surface. We've all heard the saying, "Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it." But the real question is, are we setting ourselves up for a dark rerun of a past we swore we'd never revisit?

It's easy to overlook the signs. We're busy with our daily routines, our faces buried in screens. But let's pause for a moment and make this a daily habit: reflect on one historical event and its modern parallel. Just one, every day. You'll be surprised how quickly the pieces connect, how the shapes of extremism and intolerance persist through the ages, like a relentless undercurrent in the river of time.

The urgency is palpable. We're standing at a pivotal moment in our nation's history, much like the Weimar Republic before the rise of Nazism. Yes, America is not Weimar Germany, but that's not the point. The point is that there are dire lessons to be learned and daunting red flags that we cannot afford to ignore.

To engage with this urgency means to immerse ourselves in our democracy actively. We have to vote, discuss, and most importantly, listen. The world has seen the perils of complacency and the dark places it leads to. Let's not wait for the worst to unfold before we realize the power of our collective actions.

In the grand tapestry of world history, America's story is still being woven. It's a unique narrative, but one that is intricately linked to universal human experiences of struggle, progress, and the constant battle between love and hate. We have the tools and the lessons; what we need now is the will to act.

Confronting hate is not just a moral imperative; it's a survival strategy for our democracy. Ignoring the lessons of the past has never been an option, but today, it's a road that could lead to an irreversible tragedy. Let's not walk that path.