American Memory, American Tragedy

We are what we remember. And what we forget.

Racial murder is not tragic. Oedipus is tragic. Willy Loman is tragic. Clementa Pinckney, Sharonda Singleton, Myra Thompson, Tywanza Sanders, Ethel Lee Lance, Cynthia Hurd, Daniel L. Simmon’s Jr., Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Susie Jackson — their deaths are not tragic. They are outrageous. They are victims of murder. They are a reminder that the group of Americans who fought to defend the enslavement and oppression of blacks are not a record of history but a present force in society, and their flag waves still. Click to read more.