What to do with the Confederate statues? Why not create emancipation museums that would contain these artifacts, as well as works of art dedicated to documenting America’s centuries-long enslavement of African Americans.
Picture a two-figure bronze of a father and son on an auction block, memorializing the actual scene as described by an eyewitness to a slave auction in 1863:
“I saw a ... boy of twelve years of age, put on the auction block, and on one side of him stood an old gray-haired negro — it was plain it was his father — and he kept his eyes on the boy, and the boy kept his eyes upon the old gray-haired man, and the tears rolled in silence down the cheeks of each.”
Not an easy scene to look upon, but very much needed, today more than ever.
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We are not responsible for the sins of our fathers unless we refuse to look at them and learn from them.