Pollak: South Africa Shows That Societies That Erase Their History Doom Their Future

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by Joel Pollak

Political movements become obsessed with destroying statues and renaming streets when they run out of other ideas.

I know this because I watched it happen in the early 2000’s in South Africa, where I lived for seven years — first as a grad student, then a freelance journalist, then a political speechwriter.

I lived in the heart of Cape Town’s Muslim community and volunteered several evenings a week as a tutor for high school students in Khayelitsha, a poor black township.

Many South African symbols and institutions had already been renamed in the mid-1990s as apartheid ended. The old blue-and-orange flag was replaced with a colorful standard that properly reflected the diversity of the “Rainbow Nation.” Read the rest HERE.

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1 Response to Pollak: South Africa Shows That Societies That Erase Their History Doom Their Future

  1. The Flash says:

    This column makes perfect sense, which is why the Left would never embrace it. To the Left, power and control completely trump (no pun intended!) reason and patriotism.

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