Letter to editor tells Savannah story with out praising traitors, slave merchants
Inform the story via monuments that identify and acknowledge those that suffered, not those that perpetrated the struggling
| Savannah Morning Information
This letter was submitted by Sarah Eisner, co-founder of The reparations undertaking, a Savannah-based initiative that seeks to shut the wealth hole and promote racial fairness.
Savannah is a lovely metropolis with a troubled historical past, and we will inform it with out praising traitors or slave merchants.
I’m a descendant of Chatham County slaves and am writing to answer Chris Lowry’s letter posted on February nineteenth. The truth that a few of my ancestors benefited from slavery and fought for Confederation is a trauma that I carry and work on as a substitute. than to disclaim or erase, like my mom, and like my late grandmother, who lived and labored all her life in Savannah, a metropolis all of us love very a lot.
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I do not hate myself or my ancestors, however they had been flawed and critically unsuitable, and I do know that the way in which to stop these wrongs from occurring once more is to not permit repeated day by day trauma to those that nonetheless endure from the legacy of slavery by supporting “Nice” monuments to slavers.
Moreover being slave merchants, Accomplice “heroes” like John Calhoun had been traitors in the USA of America. These males led an insurgency towards our nationwide authorities that resulted within the loss of life and destruction of Individuals. Appears acquainted?
Lowry argues that, “We must always by no means concern the false narrative of the ‘misplaced trigger …’ To this, I say see January 6, 2021, a day when white nationalists delivered the Accomplice flag additional into the hearts of our authorities than it ever had in 1864.
Berlin can also be a lovely metropolis (and a vacationer sizzling spot) with a checkered historical past. It’s informed via monuments that identify and acknowledge those that have suffered, not those that have perpetrated the struggling. We’ve so much to study from the Germans.