The Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano once told me that the apparent reluctance to learn from the past scared him.
“My great fear is that we are all suffering from amnesia,” he said. “I
wrote to recover the memory of the human rainbow, which is in danger of
Who, I asked, is responsible for this forgetfulness? “It’s not a
person,” he explained. “It’s a system of power that is always deciding
in the name of humanity who deserves to be remembered and who deserves
to be forgotten … We are much more than we are told. We are much more
beautiful.” We are much more alike than we are told, as well.
-- Gary Younge