An old Arab saying that I just love: "If you're gonna speak the truth, then best keep one foot in the stirrup."

That neatly sums up a lot of human reaction to the truth — especially when the truth conflicts with strongly held emotional attachment, belief, and mythology. A quick getaway might be in order.

With all that in mind: 

It's getting a little wearisome to hear about all this "rewriting history" or "erasing history" nonsense around the removal and relocation of Confederate monuments. "Correcting the historical record" would be a much more accurate accounting of this effort, it seems to me.

If the truth were honestly served, then all those monuments would be more appropriately displayed in museums, along with the irons, whips, chains, and all the other baggage of slavery.

And our local community would do well to take a very long hard look at a huge mistake it made when it allowed a local high school to adopt a mascot that celebrates and glorifies all that — evoking and nurturing a dysfunctional (and perhaps lifelong) emotional attachment in kids, precisely when they are most impressionable and susceptible.

Bill Halsey

Albany (Sept. 6)

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