Justification for Removal of some Images of Slavery

Dr. Wycliffe Baird

The views expressed herein are soley those of the writer

Opinion: I am surprised that some persons would simply brush off the occurrences of Slavery and try to justify it with comments such as “It was what was happening at the time “. We all know that. As I said before, there is no justification for Slavery or Racism now, and there was no justification then. It is wrong now, and it was wrong then. It will always be a crime against humanity, regardless of when it occurred. We cannot and should not condone it at any time.

Others would say that they want to keep these Images to preserve History. I do not want to destroy or change history. It is what it is. I accept it as it is, even though I am not happy about the memory. I have forgiven, but I have not forgotten. I simply do not want to give honour, praise and glory to the Criminals. I prefer to honour the Victims. I am sure no one would have a problem with that.

This next comment is addressed to persons who are White. You are white and I am black. We are visibly different and we see parts of the world through a different lens , and the world also sees me through a different lens. You will never understand what it is like for a Black Parent to send their child to school every day, and wonder if that child will come home safely; you will never understand what it is like to be driving an expensive car and to be pulled over by Police and harassed, just for that reason, and nothing else; you will never understand what it is like to
be a Physician working in the ER, going into a room to examine a White patient, and to be told to get out and send in a White Physician. These are just a few of my many personal experiences of Racism that I share with you for your information, not your complete understanding. You will never understand completely, unless you walk in my shoes, and that is impossible. Let me assure you, that I have worked in the ER for well over 40 years, and when a patient comes in bleeding and dying, or with a Heart Attack, I do not ask for his nationality, his religion or his color, or whether he or she is gay, straight or transgender. I simply get to work and do everything to save their life.

White Privilege is still alive and well today. It is difficult for a White person to understand it, or maybe they understand it and are unwilling to change it, because they are on top and are benefiting from it. The System favors White. The System has to change.

“June 26, 2020
The Princeton University Board of Trustees voted today to remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from the University’s School of Public and International Affairs, which will now be known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. We have taken this extraordinary step because we believe that Wilson’s racist thinking and policies make him an inappropriate namesake for a school whose scholars, students, and alumni must be firmly committed to combatting the scourge of racism in all its forms.”

I do not think that anyone would be in favour of honoring and commemorating the persons who flew the planes in the Twin Towers on 911. I am sure you would want to see images of the Victims instead.

Written by Dr. Wycliffe Baird

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