“Revisionism is not just one point of view; most broadly, it is the readiness to change your views. Historical interpretation is a work of the imagination, and the best history is bound to be revisionist.”
–Robert V. Daniels
What’s so bad about revising history?
It’s a question I first thought about a few weeks ago when the Associated Press football writers re-awarded Brian Cushing the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year a second time–even after Cushing was suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. “Cushing won the award in January, and I don’t feel like we should revise history,” Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said. “I am concerned about the precedent.”
This is how a lot of AP voters felt; they were more worried about setting a precedent of historical revisionism than about giving out the award properly. They couldn’t change the fact that Cushing won the award initially, and they feared all the doors such a decision would open for future changes.