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February 18, 2012


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Bill Turnier

Your comment on markers for eugenics caused me to think that reminders of widespread bad deeds are typically found at isolated single spots such as the slave auction block in Charleston. Obviously, it is not possible to post markers all over a state saying "Slavery Practiced Here." As time marches on the few markers for society wide atrocities tend to minimize them in the mind of the larger society. Still, such isolated markers are far better than none at all. The observation applies to numerous other atrocities such as mistreatment of Native Americans (I have never seen a marker or monument for this), the Holocaust and disenfranchisement of women, blacks and others based on ethnicity.

Daniel S. Goldberg

Thanks for the shout-out, Al!

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