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Letter to the Editor, March 19, 2021: Will cancel culture stand test of time?

Letter to the Editor, March 19, 2021: Will cancel culture stand test of time?

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Will cancel culture

stand test of time?

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

In a Letter to the Editor this past Monday, Roger Briggs claimed that he is grateful that he has been "awokened." As a result, he called for tearing down statues of Christopher Columbus and any slaveholding Founding Fathers. The jury still is out for him on whether President Abraham Lincoln statues should be taken down, but statues of President Franklin D. Roosevelt made his "woke"  list for destruction. He goes on to say that statues should come down without authorization or just covered in yellow paint or covered with obscenities.

The First Amendment gives Briggs the freedom to say whatever he wants in any forum. It also gives me the freedom to to say that his radical “woke” suggestions reflect ignorance and shortsightedness.

Apparently, Briggs is one of the lemmings that jumped on the “woke” bandwagon in believing that anything that occurred in history that would be unacceptable in today’s culture and by today’s standards should be “cancelled."

He would be well served to understand the concept of context — meaning that the things and people he objects to were understandable for the time period in which they occurred. Erasing history is foolish for a plethora of reasons, one of which is that it reeks of totalitarianism.

Many years from now, people will look at the “woke” culture that Briggs embraces and understand the context in which he believed in and accepted the cancel culture idiocy, which did not stand the test of time.

Bruce Kelley.

Richmond.

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