Editor, The Beacon:

The Beacon’s Feb. 3 headline read, “Does Black history have a future?”

History is written by the victors, so it usually makes the victors, which is to say society’s powerful, feel good about themselves. The study of truthful history, on the other hand, helps us understand where we have been. It enables us to learn from mistakes and to use the lessons to improve our present and our future.

The Bahá’í writings say, “All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization.” We advance by learning from our mistakes and rectifying them. If studying history mainly makes you feel happy and proud, you probably aren’t really studying history.

The study of truthful history doesn’t always make us comfortable, but learning its lessons can keep us from repeating our mistakes.

Tom Armistead

DeLand

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