We have had more than a few dark periods in our all-too-brief history. Our own William Randolph Hearst was instrumental in whipping America into a war-frenzy with Spain over his overly-sensationalized [one could call them alternative facts, today] newspaper accounts about Cuba. "Remember The Maine."
For him, it was all about selling newspapers. Today, it's still all about selling newspapers - and TV ads, internet ads, ad nauseam. Ratings=$$$. Truth need not apply.
I think the best way we can really hope to keep things like this from happening, again, is to critically learn and teach our history - the good and the bad. And then speak out when we see injustice. Loudly.
It's one of the reasons why our Western Neighborhoods Project is so important. It's more than just a stroll down memory lane for those of us who remember when corner stores had full-blown butcher shops.
It's remembering who was behind those counters - the accents, the exotic smells... Remembering that they were immigrants working hard - just as our own families once were.
It's remembering the rooming house my great aunt had on the corner of Sutter and Fillmore when the roundup happened.
It's remembering. And teaching. And never forgetting.