Aaron and Austin discuss the recent allegations brought up against Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which neither Aaron nor Austin accept as true, but provides an opportunity to reflect on how our culture views history and heroism. Austin brings up his frustration with the moral-absolutist perspective of history that he perceives as defining the popular narrative, where historical figures can either be angels or demons, rather than simple fallen, flawed humans. Aaron brings up the idea of viewing historical individuals as scientific objects, looking at the context in which they acted and what their accomplishments and flaws can tell us about the overarching narrative of history. Finally, both hosts discuss the broader idea of “erasing history,” and whether or not challenging the established narrative surrounding historical figures and causes is truly erasing history or instead taking a more holistic view of it.
The Standpoint article that goes over the accusations against Dr. King: https://standpointmag.co.uk/issues/june-2019/the-troubling-legacy-of-martin-luther-king/?fbclid=IwAR0maafEOEOvUHMqzpBy5jyjLXt2b1MZ10rIOoiqlYJnuXjuSDgJFzDp8mE
Matt Walsh’s take on the MLK situation: https://www.dailywire.com/news/47833/walsh-martin-luther-king-jr-was-reportedly-abuser-matt-walsh?fbclid=IwAR0pBivie1doKjZRNdTeMNhdMzfAOxgm_ftH7VwqLhijcolckrBCCqjJR_A
One of the recent causes of the resurfacing confederate flag controversy: https://www.jacksonsun.com/story/news/local/2019/06/01/confederate-flags-humboldt-rose-hill-cemetery-grave-sites-memorial-day/1288253001/?fbclid=IwAR2dmRv9KmfcR9ssxukQlu3cJflkQCmeT2eL9BkdSvuckWXzAPGITdzvd0U