Yes, the person who made this picture had a point. We are told to never forget The Titanic, 9/11 and the Holocaust.
And yes, people do tend to brush aside slavery in this land (not saying my thoughts, just what is fact).
But here is where I have to draw the line.
Let's diagnose these four events, if I may (and I may, because it is my blog).
The Titanic - ~3,300 deaths. Killed by an accident in a ship hitting an iceberg. Year: 1912. (~2,400 rich people; ~ 900 hard working crew members)
9/11 - ~3,000 deaths. Killed by terrorists. Year: 2001. (All except 19 of which were hard working people, who were in the wrong place at the wrong time)
The Holocaust - ~11million-17million. Killed by a ruthless dictator. Year: ~1930s-1940s. (~6m Jews; ~2.5m Soviet POWs; ~10,000 Homosexuals; Among others)
African Slavery in the US - ~11million. Killed through slavery and associated acts. Year: ~1519-1867. (50% mortality rate during capture and storage; 10% mortality rate during ocean travel; 50% mortality rate during 1st year)
Now again, I am not putting down slavery, because no, we should never forget it, it is a horrible thing.
But you have to take certain things into account.
Look how long ago it happened.
Slavery ended in America 145+ years ago. The Titanic is rarely mentioned anymore, as it is 100+ years ago. The Holocaust is easily forgotten by many, and not spoken about to a lot of children, although it is only ~70+ years ago. And 9/11 is the one most mentioned, because it is still fresh in our minds.
No one says "Never Forget Black Death", even though ~450million+ people died. Why? Because it happened almost 700 years ago.
With time, things aren't forgotten, but they are pushed back.
No one will ever say slavery was a good thing, or that we should forget it. But after a while, as the ones who were around when it happened die out, they become History.
A part of our past, and something to remember for the future.
Yes, I do think that within ten years, The Titanic will become an obsolete talking point (unless they make another movie...ugh, please don't).
By the year 2,075 the Holocaust will be a thing just known in History books, as it will be over 125 years old, and 3 or 4 generations in the past.
And yes, I do believe that by the year 2,125, 9/11 will be a thing for the History books. A thing that few will know about in great detail, and unless made into a National Day of Mourning, will become known only in the East Coast cities of New York, Washington D.C. and Shanksville. I proudly am one of the "United By Hope" members, who every day is reminded of what happened on 9/11. And my kids will most definitely know about it. But who is to say what will be passed to their kids, and the ones after that.
How many of you outside of Oklahoma City can tell me these three things:
- The year of the Oklahoma City Bombing.
- The date of it.
- The main perpetrator.
Chances are some of you will know #3, and that is all.
All horrible acts get pushed to the back, because time moves on, and those closely associated with them disappear from this world.
So no, I won't be forgetting American slavery, but like the Black Plague, it is now a thing for the History Books.