Sorry, I will never apologize and vote for a government apology. I do not own slaves. I did not own slaves. My ancestors did not own or trade enslaved people. I have absolutely nothing to apologize for, and I see no reason why my hard-earned money should subsidize the lifestyle of another individual without my specific consent.
No matter what they say, it’s a grift…
Why Is It So Hard to Say ‘I’m Sorry’ for Slavery?
An apology by public officials would be the first step toward acknowledgment of government’s role in the sins of our past and the effects that linger today. And it would be the start of racial healing.
[OCS: Truth be told, government is a concept, it is the leadership that is responsible for the actions taken by the government in the name of those governed. Racial healing is impossible until those who profit from class warfare have been defeated.]
It is not just the evil of slavery for which public officials need to apologize; it’s the lingering effects of it that manifest in societal problems today. Poverty, homelessness, health disparities, addiction and anti-social behavior draw many minority youths into a vicious cycle that starts the moment they are born and often leads to prison or the graveyard. Even some successful Blacks experience physical and psychological trauma in their lives associated with racism and what W.E.B. Du Bois called, in his seminal book The Souls of Black Folk, “double-consciousness.” This, he wrote in 1903, is the dialectic that causes many African Americans and other people of color to look at themselves “through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.”
[OCS: The vicious cycle is a myth perpetuated by those who exploit race for personal, political, or profit motives. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was an academic, communist, Pan African who thrived on promoting Marxist class warfare that demanded struggle and a revolution. This man lived to encourage the vicious cycle as he exploited his people to further his communist beliefs.]
The apology will not be for the sins of the slaveholders, who are all long dead. It will be public acknowledgment that the government knows that many of the advancements in our cities, states and country — for businesses, higher education institutions and government — occurred at the expense of and on the backs of the ancestors of today’s African Americans who were forced to provide free labor. And of all the things we know in a capitalistic economy, we know that nothing is free.
[OCS: Yes, Black labor significantly influenced the early agricultural economy, and the increasing industrialization of agriculture resulted in the decline of slavery. We can point to the past exploitation of individuals, but that should not inform or serve our modern thinking.]
Apologizing is only the first step. This needs to be followed up with meaningful action, recompense and commitments not to revert to the old ways. Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens often says he learned from his pastor that “love is a verb and it ought to look like something.” Beginning with a heartfelt public apology, public officials need to lead the way in showing us what that “something” is. <Source>
[OCS: And the truth be told! You can continue apologizing until the end of time, and there will be those seeking recompense (i.e., reparations) and to continue the grift.]
The debt has been long paid in both blood and treasure…
Have Americans forgotten their history?
(1) Slavery was widely practiced worldwide and, in some areas, still exists. The slave trade was not exclusively a white institution, and most African slave traders were black, as were most slavemasters.
(2) Americans fought the Southern Democrats to abolish slavery. As a consequence, America was nearly consumed by the Civil War, the bloodiest war fought on American soil, lasting for four years (April 12, 1861, to April 9, 1865) and costing between 620,000 and 750,000 American lives and up 1.5 million total casualties when you count the wounded and those dying of sickness.
(3) Since the declaration of war on poverty in 1964, American taxpayers have spent over $22 trillion on anti-poverty programs.
(4) Let us not forget the words of Booker T. Washington, an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States.…
“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.” – Booker T. Washington
“There is a certain class of race problem-solvers who don't want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.” – Booker T. Washington
(5) After all this time, why do American Blacks seem to languish in the arms of government subsidies while legal Black immigrants fleeing desperate circumstances appear to thrive and benefit from upward mobility? Moreover, why do the inner cities exist in decay-- cesspools of illiteracy, poverty, crime, disease, and general malaise – especially after the expenditure of billions of dollars?
The solution is simple…
(1) Blacks must learn to think for themselves and seek honest leadership, not self-serving leaders profiting from misery and teaching “victimhood” instead of self-reliance and entrepreneurship.
(2) Blacks must reject socialism and communism based on class struggles to achieve a promised transformation into a mythical egalitarian society under communism. Communism has resulted in the deaths of a hundred million people and the shared suffering and misery of countless others.
(3) Blacks must abandon the Democrat Party, the party of slavery, secession, segregation, and socialism. The party that created and maintained Blacks as a permanent underclass to fuel their political agenda. Jim Crow, the KKK, and the inner cities – all Democrat institutions.
It is time we teach American history in context and stop inventing euphemisms to provide political cover to the Democrat Party, which has transformed itself from a center-left political party into a radical left (i.e., communist) political party.
It is time we reform the institutions that keep Blacks in mental servitude to the Democrat Party. Primarily through an honest and rigorous education where competition is a keystone. Provide training in the trades for those unsuited for academic excellence. No excuses for failure. Secondarily, by maintaining a safe environment where criminals, primarily drug dealers, go to jail. And, there is much, much more.
I am not opposed to providing remedial assistance – but not affirmative action or unearned subsidies.
And for the naysayers – look how poor whites continue to be treated by Democrats in poverty pockets worse than the inner cities.
Let’s pray that America and all Americans can rise to the occasion.
We are so screwed.
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS