WTVM 12/20/13 Editorial: Forgiving and forgetting

WTVM 12/20/13 Editorial: Forgiving and forgetting

(WTVM) - It's a phrase that's often tossed around - forgive and forget.

In the case of Kenneth Walker, we think it's right to forgive…but never forget.

It's been 10 years now since the controversial death of Kenneth Walker in Columbus. The 39-year-old father was shot dead by a Muscogee County sheriff's deputy after a traffic stop. It grabbed national headlines and sparked civil rights marches.

The city agreed to pay a settlement to Walker's family and set up a trust fund for his daughter.  Meantime, Deputy David Glisson, who pulled the trigger that night, was fired but never indicted in Walker's death.

The Columbus community expressed outrage that Glisson was never tried in court.

Civil rights leaders say the case created a lingering distrust of law enforcement and left an open wound in race relations in the valley.

To have real healing, there may need to be forgiveness. But we should never forget what happened.

When we posted the 10-year anniversary story on Facebook, some people responded saying this is "beating a dead horse" and remembering it "only fuels the fire" of racial discontent.

We disagree. Winston Churchill famously said, "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

Remembering what happened to Kenneth Walker not only honors his life, but it may keep something like this from ever happening again.

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