The Rev. Jesse Jackson Thursday welcomed a decision by Virginia legislators to express “profound regret” for slavery, saying an apology was “owed” to the descendents of slaves.
But Jackson told the Associated Press that despite a motion before the state Legislature to apologize, he thought lawmakers did not want to acknowledge the “true reach” of slavery.
“There may be a reluctance to apologize for the heinous crime of slavery,” Jackson said, “because with apology goes the obligation to repair the damage.”
Slavery was one of the more ugly parts of our history, but if I remember my history correctly, Abraham Lincoln (a Republican president by the way) issued the Emancipation Proclamation on 1 January 1863. It took 101 years to get the Civil Rights Act signed into law (filibustered by Democrats but signed by a Dem president).Not one single person alive today was a slave in this country. Nor, is one single person alive today ever a slave owner. I do not owe anyone an apology for the actions of others, nor do I owe one single dime in reparations to people who have never been a slave.
People like Jackson insist on making “slaves” of people to his whims, and where he’s concerned, only dollar signs can make anything right. Wouldn’t it be better for the black community if those in “leadership” positions push education and personal responsibility instead of how to suck money from the public?