Piqua needs more inclusive history


To the Editor:

Last week, I attended two noteworthy community events. The first was an activity”bringing together” and honoring those individuals who played pivotal roles in working together to build the new high school.

The second event was a fascinating quarter auction that I had never seen before which was a community fundraising vehicle to drive home the need for community support of an organization called Parents as Teachers.

We celebrate(d) Veteran’s Day in commemoration of the service and sacrifice of ALL those who fought to secure the rights and freedom’s we profess to universally enjoy as Americans. But there’s always that asterisk (*)effect or cognitive dissonance that must be understood and explained in conjunction with our efforts to acknowledge the past and the additional or exclusive nature of the African American experience. There’s a story line or narrative “we” want taught BUT there are different realities and inconvenient truths that some are forcing to be recognized in promoting a more inclusive historical heritage.

I was passing through Covington when I happened to glance over my shoulder at the Covington VFW, which immediately triggered memories of personal friends who as black soldiers and military veterans of foreign wars who were “discouraged”(PC spin) in joining the Piqua VFW.

Do we teach in Piqua City Schools a localized “rising above it” scenario or simply ignore the discriminatory narrative altogether? How can parents teach their children that which they themselves have never learned or been taught? Or if by some slim chance of enlightenment in having been taught the exclusionary stories is there a community will of service and sacrifice in building a fitting memorial monument to such an extraordinary legacy of exceptional service?

Through the Randolph-Rossville narrative and the Black experience of Piquads, we have just about all of the connections to the highlights that are the focus of the following link and isn’t time to formulate a plan of action in”bringing together” the community in honoring those individuals and groups who have played such a pivotal community role in working together to do the RIGHT thing and build a more inclusive historical heritage?

— Larry Hamilton

Piqua