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Newer History

01 Oct

From time to time I surprise myself when some profound statement emerges from my fingertips and such an occurrence took place last week.

A pal had posted about the annoyance she felt at the hypocrisy she sees online, that groups while complaining about history, use history as validation and evidence for their actions. I saw her point and responded

History is history, we should learn from it, all of it, the good, the bad, the ugly, the triumph and the disaster, the compassionate, the whole, it’s ripples and it’s consequences. After all the shouting, breast beating and hash tagging, what will have changed for the better – very little quite possibly and that’s the saddest footnote for history to teach.

Me on Facebook

There is currently a tv advert for Persil which includes the phrase “hashtags can’t plant trees and tweets won’t clean oceans”, making reference to actions speak louder than words. Has social media turned the majority of users into outspoken criticisers, has it given the multitude a venting platform for vitriol, perhaps that’s a subject for another day.

As we move into black history month (it’s October in the UK) I agree with the thought that more perspective is needed regarding how history is taught and what history is taught. History is a subject that will keep growing, look at the past hundred years or so, what parts should be picked out to teach, the speeches of Martin Luther King Jnr alongside the riots and protests of Black Lives Matter; the horrors of the Holocaust and Russian pogroms and the teachings of Mahatma Ghandi; the nursing prowess of Mary Seagrove and the South African apartheid movement. The advances of industry and science and the violence of protests, riots and oppressive regimes. It’s sheer volume means we cannot cover it all.

The recent yelling and vandalism regarding the historical slave trade has highlighted a gaping hole in subjects covered, the actions taken have been destructive rather than constructive. I’m not sure if this programme is available worldwide but the tv series “The House History Built” is excellent, it traces the history of all who lived in one house across centuries.

Nothing is clear cut, everything exists in the grey area.

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2020 in General, In The News, people

 

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10 responses to “Newer History

  1. deacongill

    October 2, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    It’s actually called ‘A house through time’ with David Olusoga. I agree, it’s excellent and fascinating. However, I think the whole Black Lives Matter thing is much more nuanced than we are led to believe. It is important to point out that most races at some point in their histories have had slaves, and that includes black Africans enslaving black Africans of other tribes. Whereas I agree we need to set the record straighter, let’s look at the broader historical context.

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    • AnneMarie

      October 2, 2020 at 6:36 pm

      I knew I’d gotten the name wrong, doh!

      Context is everything, there seems to be a tendency to slim things down to bite size ease when the subject has much greater issues and ripples. Things need to change, constructively.

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      • deacongill

        October 2, 2020 at 6:57 pm

        I agree. The rise and rise of social media, its proliferation and ease of use by all and sundry mean that complex issues get stripped down to sound-bites which are then taken as gospel. It militates against the hard and informed thinking we really need to do.

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      • AnneMarie

        October 2, 2020 at 7:04 pm

        It feels very zero consequence. There are an element of users that hide behind the screen and spew forth such utterly diabolical utterances.

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  2. menhir1

    October 3, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Two words from one….his story. If there were a substantial amount of equality in so many areas, including who perpetuates the stories of life of yore, I would bet the memoires would be portrayed very differently and there would be a range of critical thinking to assess from the genders that make up the human race. In the manner history is portrayed, you would think women rarely existed, except by accident!

    Social media is another ‘story’. It is much easier to be brash, to begin a polemic behind the safety of public anonymity. Or, as we have seen,with the abuse of power.

    A real event: Once an aggressive individual appeared in a thread. The person became over-confident of [his] power and prowess and overstepped what was just about acceptable. Two other people having advised others ‘not to feed the trolls’, (good guidance it was too) then stepped in letting it be known that the threads of the ‘mouthy’ had been copied and were being referred to the website operator and the content was also being put forward to lawyers.

    A short while after,I looked at the conversations still running. ‘Mouthy’ was still on the platform, setting [himself] up as adviser and invigilator with a rough edge! How the worm had been turned to save his skin. It is sad that communication descends to the pits as often as it does.

    So what and whose history is there to learn from? It is such an overused statement, as is ‘history always repeats itself”.

    To whom would you give the role of filtering who projects what and whom into the public consciousness in any particular period of time?

    xxxx

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    • AnneMarie

      October 3, 2020 at 8:40 pm

      I agree, wholeheartedly. What ever is decided what to teach from history, there are those who will feel they have been missed off the list. Who and how we are taught history will result in some feeling they are missed or misrepresented.

      Can’t please all the people all the time – even though it sometimes that society is being forced/engineered to please every single ‘I’ but the ‘I’ won’t make room for all the others.

      And so it goes on 😦

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      • menhir1

        October 3, 2020 at 9:02 pm

        Coercion and engineering society is a constant at so many levels. I agree with with you. the same is done with history, old, recent and the now.

        Your cartoon is worthy of an Oscar. xx

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  3. snowbird

    October 5, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    I do like you on facebook! History is written by the victors.xxx

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    • AnneMarie

      October 5, 2020 at 7:17 pm

      Are you on my friends list (I’m sure you are but brain hasn’t connected a proper name to your snowbird name). Message me and send me a friend request if we’re not already connected.

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  4. snowbird

    October 5, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    I liked your facebook comment, but we’re not connected. I’m Dina Cuthbertson on facebook but rarely use it.xxx

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