Thursday, August 07, 2008

Slavery vote

From The Hill:
DEMS TO PLAY ANOTHER RACE CARD

"Congress is poised to approve a federal apology for slavery just weeks before voters consider electing the nation's first black president. When the Senate takes up the issue in September, it could address a centuries-old wound at a time when the presidential contest is already focused on race."
8/6/08

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I actually think that if some Republican just had some balls, they could stand up and say:

Slavery was wrong but there isn't a person alive in America who took a slave 200 years ago. Therefore, there isn't anyone alive who needs to apologize. Further, slavery is illegal and it is illegal because we all agree it is an immoral institution. The 'apology' was made a century ago.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Kevin S. Willis said...

So many things wrong with, not the least of which is that it's part of the incremental approach to tax-payer funded "reparations", which is just what we need. More wealth-redistribution based not on economic output, but on skin color.

Today, you'd think the moral sin of slavery was the fact it was white people oppressing black people. Not the deprivation of certain classes of people of their rights to liberty and property--such as the right to earn a fair market wage for their labor, and thus keep the fruits of their economic output. No, that ain't got nothing to do with nothing. It's because it was evil white people oppressing poor victim black people.

Don't get me started on the oppressive ignorance among the left of slavery--the great majority of slavery wasn't done in America. The great majority of slaves were bought from black Africans, or from the Porteguese who had bought them from . . . black Africans. Not kidnapped by white people traveling over to Africa to get them some slaves, ala Alex Haley's revisionist history. Before the 1800s, slavery was a worldwide phenomenon. The west--Europe, especially England and America--are unique in the history of slavery only in the fact that they ended it. Period. Not to mention the important of evangelical Christians in ending slavery--it certainly wasn't an uprising of touchy-feely secular humanists who ended it.

And on and on. The Democrat Party taking the name "The White Man's Party" . . . on and on. On issues of race, popular conception is exactly backwards. And will probably remain so. Thank God for Thomas Sowell and his comprehensive histories of race and culture, so at least the data is compiled, analyzed rationally, and put out there, so it is available. Even if most of the world ignores it.

5:31 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I am a staunch Republican so:

"Slavery was wrong but there isn't a person alive in America who took a slave 200 years ago. Therefore, there isn't anyone alive who needs to apologize. Further, slavery is illegal and it is illegal because we all agree it is an immoral institution. The 'apology' was made a century ago." Of course it doesn't count because I'm not famous. Like you, I wish there was someone out there who is famous and would have enough balls to say it. It needs to be said!

12:26 PM  

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