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The progression of time isn’t always Progress

Article about chronological ethnocentrism (ie the view that society always improves over time) and examples from USA of forgetting actual and well known instances of things that happened yonks ago (eg Obama can’t be the ‘first gay President’ (Newsweek headline), not because he isn’t gay – but you don’t have to even examine his sexuality because the US had a gay Prez in 1857-61, James Buchanan).

The conclusion is that the US does it to paper over the 1890-1940 period, ‘the nadir of race relations’, and so it allows an uncritical forgetting of all that happened prior to Rosa Parks or Jackie Robinson (who wasn’t the first black man in major league baseball after all)

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