In the Roanoke Times, the Rev. Kirk A. Ballin, retired Unitarian minister, looks at American history and sees what most Americans deny through silence and a few would defend through arms:
This is because the history of the United States is really a two-track history. One track grows out of the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Freedom, equity and justice for all are fundamental to this historical genesis.
The other track of U.S. history, however, stands in stark and disturbing contrast to the idealism of the one rooted in freedom, equity and justice. This other track of U.S. history is rooted in oppression, exploitation, persecution, enslavement and murder.
It is history marked by the violent, exploitive (sic) and dehumanizing treatment of groups of people who were different from the white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant establishment of the early United States.