Bill O'Reilly, the popular host of the Fox News political talk show and brilliant author explains, "You have to learn from history and from the human condition that there are basically things that never change. Greed, violence and corruption are always there - and so is heroism, vision and generosity. But you have to understand how these things unfold so you can define them and take action when they appear." He writes history in an interesting way, and has sold close to 7 million books. People are interested in what he has to say.
I am a member of the Civil War Trust and recently received a petition to send to Congress urging preservation of our war memorials. In part it reads: "It is our privilege as a free people to debate history. However, we must remember that such freedoms come at a tremendous cost, paid for in the blood of brave Americans in uniform who sacrificed all to forge the country we are today. The circumstances of their service may be far removed from our own experience, and we may not understand or agree with the motivations of each individual soldier, but we nonetheless owe these men and women a debt that can never be repaid."
In other words, just because we don't agree with something, doesn't mean we ban it or destroy it or hide it from public view. We learn from mistakes so we don't repeat them. History is fascinating and should be explored, not ignored.