Mentioning race, or nationality, in Phoenix history
As an amateur historian, my motto has always been *don't throw it in the trash!*. And if people's lives are erased because there are some terrible things that happened to them, then, in my opinion, an injustice has been done to them. These people are part of the history of Phoenix, and of America, and of the world. Their stories, and how they lived, needs to be preserved. In personal terms, it's called inclusion.
No, this isn't information that needs to be *cleaned up*, nor is it something that belongs on some goofy Facebook page. And this is not about glorifying something that happened. It's just about preservation.
Preserving the world of the common folk of history is my passion. I want to see the world through their eyes, walk in their footsteps. I appreciate the people who have encouraged me, and understand what I want to do, and to learn. And if some people don't, well, I guess I can understand that, too. But I'm hoping to convince people that erasing history is as terrible as throwing something precious in the trash.
The ad above, for the American Kitchen, which was run by a Chinese family, is from 1903. It was on Central between Washington and Adams.
Posted by Brad Hall