“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.” ― George Orwell, 1984
We are headed in Orwell’s direction if we don’t get smart about censoring the past. One of the things the internet has done is make more information available to people. Someone says this about that person, and another person says that based on some additional research. Each side gets a voice.
I saw a post on Facebook about Margaret Sanger, Black Pastors, and the “Struggle for Justice Exhibit” at the Smithsonian. The article is from 2015:
The museum has the Sanger bust in their “Struggle for Justice” exhibit, which is supposed to honor those of the past who were “champions of justice.” A sign beneath the sculpture says that Sanger was “profoundly affected by the physical and mental toll exacted on women by frequent childbirth, miscarriage and self-induced abortion.”
The pastors wrote the Smithsonian a letter explaining that Sanger was far from a champion for their race because of her strong ties to the eugenics movement.
However, their request to have the bust removed has been denied.