Posted 6 months ago on Nov. 7, 2012, 3:06 p.m. EST by brightonsage
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Everybody (almost) wants to be on the right side of history. Otherwise you look like fool. That is why so many slave owners became lifelong abolitionists, ... right after they heard that Appomattox eliminated all possibility that emancipation could be reversed.
So, given a little time, those who were panicing about voter fraud, marriage, sexual orientation and gender pay equality, will be claiming that they always supported these constitutional rights, just like they had always opposed the wars in Iraq, or Viet Nam. or Jim Crow.
And I say, let them do it. Sure, it will represent "amnesty," a word they still can't say, in the presence of equally good Americans with a beautiful tint to their skin without throwing up. Let them do it because to continue to rub their light colored noses (like mine) in it, will prevent everyone from ever fully experiencing equal rights. Magnanimity or forgiveness is a virtue that can reward both the giver and the receiver and it comes cheap. The old south that is still in some of us, has tried one last hurrah, and failed. Again.
My own family were documented abolitionists but some in generations, since the Civil War (yes, that is what it was) some cousins have flirted with bigotry. tThis has been exposed at family gatherings when a cousin brought one of "them" to meet the family before joining it, officially. But the time came when more enlightened members reminded the offenders of the family's history and standards, that it wouldn't accept any outward expression of it.
Equality, democracy, rule of law, and generosity of spirit must be exercised to keep them in shape. So, after the wounds are licked, maybe we can all rationalize and make up the stories that retroactively put us on the right side of history. We have big, but solvable problems to address and the more committed hands, the better.
So, no carping or whining, just pick your favorite issue from the right side of history and get busy. You always knew this time would come.