Modern historians should not impose current politics on the historic record.
This is just a paraphrase from an EXCELLENT interview between Dave and historian/writer Niall Ferguson.
The full quote is: “It is not the goal of the history department to impose on the past the ideals of the progressives of 2020. That’s the ultimate condescension to the past.”
If you haven’t watched or listened to the interview do yourself a favor and set aside the time. Ferguson is an excellent writer and historian. I am enjoying one of his books right now.
But that quote just really nailed it for me when it comes to the tearing down of statues and rewriting of American history.