The Shift OK: Thick Descriptions Newsletter


For the Record: History from the Turntables

by Deah Caldwell

Throughout the history of the United States (U.S.), the existing power structures have ceaselessly, zealously, and frantically clung to their power narrative by installing, heroizing, and preserving it as the unadulterated-cultural truth. This is the patriotic historical narrative we are taught growing up. But the reality of our history is that it induces distrust, traumatizing memories, a lost sense of identity, and raw feelings for those who were on the receiving end of abusive power structures. For those on the winning (insert the word abusive) side, a shift in the power narrative incites hate, gaslighting, wrath, and pushback. You’ve heard the old adage, “History is written by the victors”. But that almost always means a decimation of pre-existing peoples and cultures, which are valid, beautiful, necessary, and important to the overall historical record.  

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