LET IT GO...it is 2008 and neither myself, my parents nor my grandparents were slave owners. At some point, we all have to move forward and stop dwelling on the past.
I work as a medical professional and I can tell you that I have many black, white, filipino, hispanic and asian colleagues. They all got there the same way I did - hard work, determination, and sacrifice. Say what you want, but the only thing holding people of ALL colors back is their own poor choices and lack of motivation.
I am SICK to death of hearing this bull. I don't care if you are purple polka dot, you can still make a life for yourself in America if you have the drive. Enough of the racial mumbo jumbo. And, as for Obama - I think a lot less of him since he has defended just last week Rev. Wright.
There is no good exucse that anyone should accept about such behavior no matter what color you are and what your beliefs are. Preaching hate and negativity only produce more. Positive words go a lot further with all of us.
My point exactly. How many generations must suffer for the sins of our forefathers? Three, five, ten, fifty, or do we just keep harping on slavery ad infinitum? Basically, all descendants of the pilgrims can be traced back to traitors and heretics who thumbed their noses at England and the Queen as they defected to the "new world". Should we hang our heads and offer monetary reparations to England for their loss of taxpayer revenue?
My great, great, great grandfather shot and killed two chicken thieves he caught in his back yard. Does that make me a murderer? Should I bare a sense of guilt for an action that happened 100 years before I was born? No, slavery happened and it was a bad thing, but there is absolutely nothing anyone can do to change that fact today. No amount of money, racial quotas or public assistance will erase the memory of slavery, nor should it.
We need to heed the lessons that slavery taught us as a nation and focus on the future to ensure that such an atrocity never happens again. Our children are taught the history of the Civil War, not as a morality lesson, but as a lesson of how ignorance, apathy and greed can become a drug which numbs the minds of a democratic and free society.
My parents and grandparents instilled in me the belief and skills needed to overcome the obstacles that I would face in my generation. They spoke to me of the past to remind me not to make the same mistakes and to learn from others foibles.
As a human being I deeply regret slavery; I also regret Auschwitz, Hiroshima and 911. The only thing we can do as a society is learn from these tragic events in our past and work together to ensure that they never happen again. To dwell on the sins of our past only distracts us from the enemies whom we currently confront.