We must stop trying to erase the past

The uproar over Gov. Northam’s youthful indiscretions has abated to a low whisper. That owes mostly to the exertions of his apologists, who insisted he should be forgiven his Klan/blackface antics because they occurred in a different time and it’s unfair to judge by today’s standards.

I get that, but I wonder if it means these folks are ready to stop tearing down statues of long-dead generals and anything else connected to the confederacy. It was also a different time, and attempts to erase history won’t work in either case.

Charles Ewing

James City County

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