Given all of the problems we face right here and now, it seems nothing short of ridiculous that anyone in our state Legislature would think it relevant to waste the time to pass a resolution showing remorse for slavery. I would give odds in a bet that most, if not all, of the pastors who requested such a resolution are of African descent. They are doing nothing more than trying to build the groundwork for a future demand of restitution for something that happened to their ancestors 150 years ago. All that the resolution sponsor (state Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville) is attempting to do is to lock up the African-American vote to ensure his re-election for as far as the eye can see.
My ancestors were not even living in this country when slavery was in practice here. They were busy living as slaves to unforgiving royalty in Europe. They chose to leave to find a better way of life. So why should I apologize for what someone else’s ancestors did to the Africans in America? Maybe those who still feel put upon for what happened to their ancestors should follow the advice of one of their own, Bill Cosby, to shut up, grow up and go look for work.
If we feel it imperative to show remorse to anyone in our history, why don’t we show remorse to the American Indians for destroying their society, killing their ancestors, stealing their lands and forcing them to live on reservations forever? Why don’t we apologize to Mexico for stealing Texas and California from them by force and claiming them for our own purposes?
I am sick and tired of listening to the whining of current-day African Americans about what happened to their ancestors 150 years ago. I’m just as sick and tired of even hearing the word “racist” whenever an African American doesn’t get his way or even preferential treatment. I have worked for the betterment of African American children in education for most of my life. By and large, I lost. I think they would be way ahead of the game if they would just grow up, shut up and look for work.