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When Hate Speech Goes Unchallenged

Posted by Rob McManamy on Fri, Nov 22, 2013 @ 11:11 AM

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana

When the Spanish philosopher and essayist penned those memorable words in 1905, he was actually adapting an older quote from the British statesman Edmund Burke, who had observed in the 18th Century that “those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”

With apologies to both gentlemen, I would like to adapt the phrase yet again for the 21st Century: “Those who don’t teach history all but guarantee that it will be repeated.”

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Topics: teachable moments, JFK, teaching history