History is not the story of the past

History is not the story of the past; it is the study of the future. This photograph was taken in Juneau during the Alaska Gold Rush. About 100 years ago. It would be hard to miss the “ALL WHITE HELP” lettering on the placard. But ‘white’ then was not what ‘white’ now means. “White” then did not include the Irish, Italian, Scandinavian and Russian – of which Alaska had plenty – and blacks, of which Alaska had  very few. In fact, during the First World War in Alaska, it was the Norwegians which were being lynched. Three of them when Alaska’s population was under 50,000. Every civilization and nation goes through periods of discrimination. The difference is that in America we ‘move on’ to different ethnic persuasions. Over the past 200 years we have hanged Quakers, whipped Baptists, massacred Indians and deported socialists. Then we moved on. 80 years ago, on April 9, 1939, Marion Anderson, a black signer, had to perform at the Lincoln Memorial because she could not sing in Constitution Hall. A generation later, we have had a black man as President, a black woman running for President, blacks on the Supreme Court and black movies and music making millions. https://www.authormasterminds.com/steve-levi

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