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Reader: Expecting what never was

Posted: May 14, 2015 2:50 p.m.
Updated: May 15, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley recently spoke to S.C. Democrats gathering at their annual Jefferson Jackson fundraising dinner honoring the long-serving mayor.

Riley said, in part, “Does this meet the 50-year test? What are we doing and how do we positively impact generations to come. America does not know one part of American history. That is the African-American part. It was never taught in school. It was hidden because of embarrassment or timidity about the trans-Atlantic slave trade or Jim Crow.”

Thomas Jefferson once said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

My God-given belief is a man or woman who does not know their history will always be at the mercy of a fatuity [foolish] spiritual progress.


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