As a white male citizen of the United States I found these words from Justo L. González to be eye-opening:
In other words, Latinos are aware of their history and its complications. In the previous chapter of this book González outlines Latino history and its relationship to Christianity. When beginning this chapter he outlines the history of the Hebrews/Jews with all of the errors and immoralities of their forefathers and foremothers being put into writing, acknowledged. It wasn't until early adulthood that I realized that the forefathers of the United States—Washington, Jefferson, et al.—were not pure saints, but real men, sometimes really bad men. What is it about our way of retelling history in white American culture that prefers to ignore the skeletons in our own closet? Is this because we must white-wash (pun intended) our past in order to justify our self-narrative in the present as a beacon of hope, freedom, and democracy? If we admit we've failed in the past does that open Pandora's box allowing us to consider that we may be making mistakes in the present as a nation and that maybe we're not the "greatest nation in the world" in any real sense other that military might?
Additionally, I wonder if this approach to history shapes white Evangelicalism's ideas about "inerrancy". I'm not saying that the idea of inerrancy demands this, but some forms of inerrancy seem to defend a "perfect Bible" for the same reasons: we can admit that there are troublesome parts without feeling as if the whole thing has been corrupted.