There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.
Believe it or not, Congress is getting close to finally issuing an apology for slavery. Coincident with Junenteenth, the Senate voted unanimously this week for a resolution that is similar to legislation in the House, with one significant difference: The Senate version specifically states that the resolution can't be used to support claims for reparations.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), lead sponsor of the resolution, said, "You wonder why we didn't do it 100 years ago."
What a stupid remark.
100-years ago, the emotional wounds were too fresh, our understanding too shallow, but our sensibilities were still sufficiently intact, to reach this point.
"It is important to have a collective response to a collective injustice,"opnined Sen. Harkin.
Or be collectively ridiculous.
Apologizing for something that happened for which no currently-living human being has any responsibility is moronic.
It was bad.
We don't do that here now.
Get over it.
You want to apologize about something that should pain the social conscience? Let’s first get rid of the silent segregation that still exists in this country today, and then apologize for how we’ve all turned a blind, winking eye to the issue of Race in these otherwise united States.
Race is still an issue in this country, whether anyone wants to admit it or not. That's why Barack Obama's election was such a big deal. Beneath that great, natural tan, he's just another politican who needs a teleprompter to effectively rally the masses. Remove the Race issue, and the Obamification of the White House is not nearly as interesting.
That Race is still such an issue is a shameful legacy for which there is likely no apology deep enough to absolve. Apology is hollow when the problem is allowed to remain.
We are all different: Red and yellow, black and white. And Brown.
The irony of this country is that our strength is rooted in diversity--but diversity should not be a cause célèbre, if that’s only as far as it goes. Why not replace diversity with inclusiveness--a collective sense that would aggregate the strengths of all, and mitigate the weaknesses we also possess?
Because we’re all only human beneath our veneers.