It was December 1945–Ruth Kluuger awoke to the liberation of concentration camps across Germany, but he zealous burst of joy were met by the realization that she had no surviving family members. She awoke to the lucid despair and regret for surviving perhaps the greatest atrocity in the history of mankind.

      Last year, a violent rally took place in Chemnitz, Germany following the death of a German National during a violent conflict. This rally represented the anti-Semitic and refuge sentiment that is gripping Europe. Neo-Nazis, who marched alongside elected officials threw stones at the only Jewish restaurant in the city saying: “get out you Jewish pig,” as they injured the owner with the insurmountable pain of blunt rocks. Rocks and battery that represent a dark and solemn time in history, one where millions of people were killed due to their religion and culture.

       Today, there is great problem gripping society. If we forget our history, the wars, atrocities, genocide, and mass shootings will repeat itself. For Germany is proving that it is integral that we remember what happened in Normandy 75 years ago. We remember that our beloved President George Washington, pillar of democracy and father of liberty mass genocided native Americans. We need to re-right our history textbooks, making sure that every adult and every child across the globe understands the real world history. From Mongol conquest to Jim Crow Laws society is riddled with prejudice.

       The 2020 campaign focuses on solving today’s atrocities rather than preventing yesterday’s atrocities from becoming tomorrow’s. Candidates have discussed there stances on immigration, infrastructure, and gun control, rather than the esteem importance of education in preventing the world from history. It is not only integral but imparitice that Pearl Harbor, as FDR once said is a day that lives in infamy.

Every day we awake to a specious society—one that preaches diversity and acceptance of others, while oppressing minorities and persecuting those who are different. The very documents, which represent the whole of the free world are riddled with racism and paradox. Both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution set forth American ideals, which promote freedom, liberty, and justice for all, yet James Madison and Thomas Jefferson owned slaves.

    Today, a great divide plagues American society, one rooted deep in American civilization—a divide between the xenophobic sentiment and that of the embracing. Although there is great worry in resguardada to punitive relationships, perhaps the greatest problems are at home. Perhaps the greatest perils our from American inability to have a discussion. We will never have justice and liberty is men and women are denied their innate rights and claims to to a fair trial. We will never reach solidarity and stability is a country riddled with racism can’t overcome its past and embrace those who are different.

     The twenty-twenty Democratic debate is defined by issues such as police brutality, gun control, and mass incarceration. The United States prides itself on justice and freedom, yet it has the highest incarceration rate in the world…ironic; however, this is not an unprecedented time, rather a swath of memories from the past. In Harper Lee’s infamous novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, she discusses the justice that African-Americans are denied of  the sheer ineffectiveness of our once prized judicial system. We must shift the attention from Gun Control and police brutality to issues at the core of our democracy.

     We live in a time of extreme prejudice and injustice. A time defined by corrupt politicians and political turmoil. We must work together as citizens to reform our values and protect the world from yesterday’s atrocities. We must uphold our duty as American Citizens, making sure that every American, no matter their skin color or religion has a place in the United States. We must uphold our statues, while reminding ourselves of our riddled past, preventing future generations from dealing with problems of the past.