I’ve been writing about Texas history for the Heart of Texas Blog because it’s important for Texans to know how the past shaped our culture.
If you stick with me in the coming weeks, I’ll tell you all I can about the good, the bad and the ugly.
In the meantime, I’m a little discouraged because some readers are taking up the old fights.
Rather than picking up a gun, or a fist, however, they’re verbally slugging it out
It’s not just one side.
Some Hispanics are angry with Anglos for taking Texas away from Mexico and then discriminating against them.
Some Texans with tribal ancestry are angry at Whites for taking their ancestors’ land.
Some Anglos are angry with Hispanics and tribal peoples for being angry.
As soon as I write about The Civil War, I will hear from somebody.
Some Southerners (including Texans) still resent Northerners regarding that little fracas we had with each other.
Add reconstruction and that’s another pile of resentment.
I’ve got a friend who refers to The Civil War as “The War of Northern Aggression.”
When I write about slavery, I’m sure both Whites and African-Americans will have something to say.
I don’t think I’ve even begun listing the grudges people have against each other.
I say, let’s stop the hatred.
Tribal peoples and Whites who took part in the frontier struggles are all dead.
The last Confederate and Union veterans are dead.
Nobody alive now ever owned a slave and most of the people who endorsed Jim Crow are dead.
Most Texans who looked down on Hispanics are dead.
Ask Ted Cruz.
We are now one country.
Why is anyone holding a grudge?
I’ll tell you why.
Because we won’t forgive.
We believe what happened to our ancestors was a personal affront to us.
We believe as long as we hold a grudge, the other side doesn’t win.
As long as we hold a grudge, we are punishing the bad guys.
This kind of unforgiveness plagues our personal lives and for the same reasons.
Holding on to anger, on our personal behalf, or on behalf of our ancestors, can destroy us inside.
And holding on to old grudges harms us as a nation.
Let’s love each other like we did on 9/11.
No matter what happened in the past, we are one people now.
God bless each one of you.
Julia Robb is the author of Scalp Mountain and Saint of the Burning Heart, eBooks for sale at amazon.com. She can be reached at juliarobb.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, venturegalleries.com, goodreads, pinterest, twitter, Facebook, iamatexan.com and amazon author pages.
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