Tears of a Rickshaw Driver – NYTimes.comBy
Nicholas Kristof eloquently pays tribute to the rickshaw driver he saw on June 3, 1989, rescuing wounded students from Tian An Men Square. He has discovered, as have we, that the government of China has brutally suppressed information about that horrible night, and the struggles launched primarily by students for more democratic freedoms and counter-corruption measures. Kristof quotes the ancient sage Lu Xun, “Lies written in ink cannot disguise facts written in blood.”
Perhaps it is also true that a country which denies the evil in its past will be forced to relive it. In the United States, our press is free and historians are unbound. We, the people, have created many of our own myths, but at least they are not imposed upon us, although they often become dogma. We still have far to go in terms equality of opportunity for everyone. May we always have the liberty and courage to constantly test the dogmas we salute today. Things like “equality of opportunity”, which will remain a goal, not a description, until all children have equality educational opportunities.