History is not an opinion. We can have opinions about history, but history is a collection of facts. How those facts are remembered or deliberately misremembered, buried or constantly highlighted is entirely political & a constant struggle between the oppressor & the oppressed.
If you have to constantly fight to bury history, that says a lot. I have no need or desire to bury history. White supremacists are the ones who don’t want the whole truth told b/c it makes the status quo untenable.
European colonizers came to this land, committed genocide against the Indigenous populations & kidnapped & held Africans & their descendants in bondage for generations. Thru violence, they sought to strip them of their history, language & culture & replace it w/ white supremacy.
That’s a fact.

How you *feel* about that... That is an opinion.

But this ongoing effort by conservatives to suppress historical fact is entirely a political struggle that reflects the rampant anti-intellectualism in the modern conservative movement.

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