ROBERT ABRAHAM, MARIETTA
History knowledge often based on ‘whitewashed’ lessons
The letter to the editor, “Attacking people of the past is a hallmark of Marxism” (Readers Write, Sept. 17), really hit a nerve. The writer states: “To be fair, one must judge people of the past based on the community and social standards of that day.” Based on that, we should not view as barbaric or racist what happened to Mary Turner near Valdosta in 1918. A racist mob lynched her, hanging her by her feet, setting her on fire, and slicing open her belly, allowing her near-term baby to drop to the ground. By the standards of any day, that racist, murderous act was wrong. But it was based on the community standards of that day. One must know American history to destroy or alter it. As a 72-year-old white guy born and raised in Georgia, I can attest that the history we were taught was never the truth. It was whitewashed in every sense of the word.
BRUCE GARNER, ATLANTA