How does nostalgia warp history? At what cost?
It’s 1955. You sit in a diner as Elvis plays on the jukebox. The blonde boy flipping burgers behind the counter moves methodically. You scan through the headlines in the newspaper until one catches your attention: “NATION HORRIFIED BY MURDER OF KIDNAPPED CHICAGO YOUTH.” Emmett Till’s smiling photo stares back at you, his hat placed gently atop his head. The next photo is a startling contrast: Emmett’s hat is no longer present; instead, his face is disfigured, evidence of the atrocities committed against him because of the color of his skin. Looking up, you see people dancing carelessly, drinking out of glasses filled with blended ice cream, oblivious to the mourning of an entire community. We want to remember the best of things. We want to forget the worst. Nostalgia is a form of amnesia which omits the struggles, the suffering. While it’s human nature to reflect but not want to relive everything, human history demands that we do. 📷:IM 🖊:IM