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  •  Here's the reason (1+ / 0-)
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    Obama's philosophy is to appeal to our "better history" which consists of the history of struggle against ugly history. This is the reason Obama is appealing. He offers hope.

    I don't think the racist jokes or images should have been repeated in this diary. It would suffice to discuss the content and tell what people are doing to fight back against racist conditions in Cincinnati, the rest of Southern Ohio and elsewhere.

    The history of people fighting back against the ugly history is uplifting. It is our "better history."

    I think that is the main appeal of Howard Zinn's books. He doesn't fail to look at the ugliness of what has happened but the story of his books is the telling of the struggles of people fighting back against oppression and oppressors.

    Obama is certainly aware of the ugly history. He chooses not to dwell on it, and instead to demonstrate how it can be overcome.

    History: The lesson is you must not despair. If you are right, and you persist, things will change.--Howard Zinn

    by skywriter on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 12:48:50 PM PST

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    •  Cincinnati has a better history (0+ / 0-)

      Southern Ohio and Cincinnati in particular was the scene of extraordinary struggle during slavery and the noble struggle for abolition.

      I can not visit Cincinnati without visiting the National Freedom Center where the museum depicting the history of the Underground Railroad is located in downtown Cincy on the banks of the Ohio River.
      http://www.freedomcenter.org/

      With close family relatives in Cincy, I have to go there occasionally, and yes the people in the burbs do seem racist and hostile to people of color. I comfort myself by going to the Underground Railroad Museum where I buy books and bawl my eyes out listening to the stories of people, black and white, overcoming ignominy. Unforgettable stories are portrayed in that museum, built in the last eight years or less. This museum is a national treasure and I would like to know the story of how it came to be built in an atmosphere as toxic as Cincinnati seems to be to people of color.

      I used to think there was no reason to visit Cincy. When I discovered this museum, I discovered the reason why everyone should go there.

      History: The lesson is you must not despair. If you are right, and you persist, things will change.--Howard Zinn

      by skywriter on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 01:10:41 PM PST

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