|The Wait of History|
The Weighting Game
There really is no way to be certain that yesterday will be liked by tomorrow.
You cannot write any script that will stay relevant, not today.
We cannot decide how future generations look at Mr. Obama, we can only decide for ourselves.
And what is taught about today in tomorrow's classrooms has yet to be written.
There is no immunity to this, we are all subject to the same revisions all the time.
Some writers have managed to escape the cage of time, writing history both before and after it happens.
Our lives though are held in the currents of change and chance.
Those currents will eventually deposit the silt that will become history.
None of this will happen until many tomorrows have passed.
At this point in the wash of tragedy anyone's instincts about BLM could be wrong.
And the facts are essentially correct, Washington was a slave owner.
That slavery is written into the fabric of America is not in doubt.
That America today has to wrestle with that devil again is a sad but true story.
Is there a figure whose history is certain right now, certainly, Colin Kaepernick.
His latest contention is that Independence Day has to be viewed differently.
One can hardly contest or fail to understand his actual point.
Many Canadians do not grasp the deep revulsion that indigenous Canadians feel for John A. Macdonald.
A racist and a bigot of the worst stripe, he set out to wipe out Canada's indigenous inhabitants.
His malignant purpose is well recorded in his diaries and were acted out in our shameful history.
Racism and inequality and marginalization have to be dealt with, and not just nationally.
Our whole planet is a shameful story of decadence and privilege shared by a few.
You and I, no matter how well intentioned, are part of that international problem.
We should be helping to unify things, we should be finding common ground.
Worrying about Hamilton and Obama probably isn't as important as wearing a mask.