This is something that only the colonial powers do, right?
I beg to differ.
I think we’ve all be guilty of rewriting history: ours and others.
By not mentioning someone and their part in our lives we are, in effect, writing them out of our history. But is that such a bad thing? I don’t think that it always is a bad thing. That person could have had such a negative effect on our lives that we choose to ignore them.
But does that make the affect they have actioned in our existence go away? I don’t think that it does.
Sometimes when I hear about particular people and how they are discussing their life story I do sit and wonder about the missing characters that I know were there. How do I know? Because I was once one of them and I have been erased from the retelling of their story.
This may make me sad, but they obviously have a good reason to do this.
Then I look in the mirror and I see the same thing happening in my life, so who am I in my glass house of mirrors to throw stones or talk about rewriting history?