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    I often read Ta-Nehisi Coates' blog, and one theme that comes up quite often over there is that one huge problem we have with how we all learn about slavery and the Civil War in this country is that the African-Americans are usually portrayed as passive, suffering in silence and waiting for someone to come and rescue them.  This is a gross distortion, and in fact there were a million small acts of rebellion, including sabotage, murder and arson on the part of slaves, in addition to the thousands who ran away before the war and the thousands more who ran away during the war and joined the Union army, the untold numbers who spied for the Union during the war, and so on.

    The fact that this stuff is usually left out of the story is a disaster.  I loved the movie "Lincoln" dearly, but that is a deep flaw in that film that is characteristic of our country's telling of the Civil War story.  One history professor said she can't get many black students to take her course on the pre-Civil War South because they say they are ashamed that their ancestors did nothing to free themselves.

    So (as a white American who cares a lot about this stuff but I'm always a bit of an outsider to the issues), I am happy with anything that makes people more aware of stories like the Underground Railroad.  There is a wonderful current of heroism that needs to be told and retold, remembered and celebrated.  My gut reaction is to be happy about attempts like this game to do that.

    "We reject as false the choice between our safety and our values." Barack Hussein Obama

    by jem6x on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 07:18:19 PM PST

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