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  • Publisher's Statement

Know The Past, Shape the Future

See the February 2022 Publisher's Statement below.

We were stuck at home this time last year and now, only cautiously venturing out and constantly under threat of the never-ending pandemic. Last month, many MLK day activities were canceled or held virtually, a sign that this is far from over. Now, we seem to be learning to live with it and moving slowly forward into a new normal.

That approach may be acceptable for dealing with a pandemic but let’s not take that approach to politics, racial justice, or our rights as human beings. The conservative courts have been moving quickly and quietly forward, establishing laws that sound right out of a draconian past. Laws enacted that protect white people’s fragile feelings, laws that inhibit teachers from teaching the horrible truth of America’s history (as well as present), laws that restrict women and voter’s rights, laws that turn back time.

Is there any argument about the validity of the past? No, there is not. Not one of them is saying it didn’t happen, that it didn’t exist. They only say let’s not talk about it nor teach the young what happened. What is the end to that? I’d say it’s to maintain the status quo. They don’t want their young students coming home talking about the unfairness, the horribleness, or the inhumanity of it all. They don’t want their young learning about the faces of the past and then seeing them reflected at their dinner table. Maybe they have some deep-seated shame, but it’s more likely that they know something essential–knowledge of the past shapes the future. My dear aunt is often fond of the adage, ‘those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’ I can only deduce that those who want to hide American history must wish to repeat it. We must fight diligently to keep the light shining on our true history.

At that, it’s Black History Month. I want to thank photographer Raymond Mays for the photographs you will find throughout this issue. His enthusiasm for remembering the past is essential for all of us. Whether our past politics, musical and artistic history, even our experiences, they are all crucial memories we need to shape our future.

I hope you enjoy this issue. Turn to the inside cover for our new political cartoon, Dear Imani.

Don’t miss Samuel E. Adams’s debate over assimilation and interviews about our missing Black History in schools.

I wish you an enlightening Black History Month and hope you stay with us because we aim to bring you our Good News, past and present, throughout the year.

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