Deep_Respect wrote: Well understand that I'm not asking for you to do anything about the past. Either you agree it was wrong or it wasn't. Don't act wishy washy by saying it was wrong but then justify it was okay if the slaves were treated well. If someone enslaved you would you consider that a decent life? Maybe you like having someone else control your life. That statement of fact you refer to is someone's opinion.
Wishy-washy? ME? :yh_rotfl :yh_rotfl
I didn't "justify slavery" at ALL. A sugarcoated turd is still a turd. I'm
not about to do YOUR research for you. It was NOT just an opinion.
You come in here not knowing a soul and jump right in with the
. You don't take the time to find out what kind of people are
here. I "know" most of these people. Believe me, I'm not averse to calling
somebody on something if I think they need it, and I don't care if I'm
the only one who feels that way. (Most often, I'm not) Just a few days
ago, on another board I visit, someone posted an offensive joke. It had
THIRTY-EIGHT views at the time I saw it, and not one of those people
had reported it. I did, right away and the joke was removed.
You are asking questions you either already have the answers to, or
can't be answered. Do you REALLY expect someone in here to say "Oh
yes slavery was great wish we could bring it back"? WTF?
I hesitate to say it because it smacks of "Some of my best friends are
black" but here goes anyway: I try my hardest to be a well-read
person. On a lot of different subjects. I read Leonard Pitts Jr's columns
all the time. Two books I just pulled from the bookshelf next to where
I sit: The Color of Water: A Black man's Tribute to his White Mother.
By James McBride.
And: Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball.
I "know" Sheryl, at least I think I do, and furthermore I know her intent.
You don't and can't until after much more time passes.
You want to talk about hate and torture, slaves didn't have the corner
on that market, I don't think. By sheer numbers, if nothing else. I'm
of Jewish descent. Did you happen to see Elie Wiesel on Oprah? Did
you happen to see the rooms full of suitcases? Or shoes? Or HUMAN
HAIR? That was wrong, too. We shouldn't sugarcoat that or forget
it. I won't.
But how much better for us ALL not to do this kind of thing. Work for
change, work for better for everybody, not re-hash and incite and
dig at people who can't do anything about what's gone on before.
I think it was Oprah who said "If you have a little, give a little, if you
have a lot, give a lot". Try that. IMHO that would work best of all.
Give blood. Build houses. Plant gardens. Read to a child. The color of
the blood, well guess what works for everybody. The color of the
child? Hmmm, geez, IT DOESN'T MATTER!