Lost in the Shadows: Willowbrook and the Era of Institutionalization
Clarence J Sundram
Willowbrook: Fulfilling the Promise
Albany Law School
March 22, 2013
George Santayana warned that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” With this piece of wisdom in mind, I thought it would be worthwhile to visit the recent history that brought us to where we are today and to consider what lessons one might draw from experience that have relevance to the challenges we face now and in the future.
The historian David Rothman who, with his wife Sheila, authored the book Willowbrook Wars, had earlier written about the tension between conscience and convenience in the development and implementation of social policy in colonial times. It seems to me, as I look back over not only distant history but the more recent events that have occurred, that struggle between conscience and convenience is very much with us and continues to influence the development and implementation of policy today.
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