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Don't Change Memorial; We Need to Remember

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In today's faux world of Botox and breast implants it is no surprise that the thought of removing the word "colored" from a Byrd Park Monument which honors soldiers that fought and died for us in WWI would come up ("Dividing Line," Back Page, Sept. 13).

Maybe while those words are being smoothed over, the cobblestones of Shockoe Bottom could be removed and replaced with asphalt so we can forget that progress has been made. The photography left behind showing segregation of water fountains, lunch counters and buses could be airbrushed so that it looks as if we have always lived in a politically correct world.

These documentations are history lessons for us and all future generations to learn from. In no way do we want our children and grandchildren to take for granted the road that their forefathers have paved for them. Let's not rewrite history so it is prettier.

The name of the organization which has fought hardest to ensure social justice through the voices of African-Americans has become recognized mostly by its acronym NAACP. This organization was founded in 1909 and was originally named the National Negro Committee, but later it is those same people who changed its name to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Is it time to change the name again to replace the words Colored People to African-American? Or maybe, so no one notices skin color, it should just be National Association for the Advancement of People. After all, that's what we all are, right?

Dial Love
Richmond

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