50 years, 150 years, 250 years? How many years must pass to allow the actions of people be forgiven and forgotten? And, is there a limitation on forgiveness? Is forgiveness no longer an appropriate response to an apology? Do past actions of a person really prevent them from changing, resulting in remorse and repentance?
Our past defines our future — and our character — only as much as we allow it. No one alive today had anything to do directly with the enslavement of black people, yet white people are being blamed for it TODAY, and in fact are being told we must make reparations.
We should be remorseful those times happened, true, and we should learn from the past, agreed; but we in 21st century America are not obligated to carry 200-year-old guilt. But flags, statues, books, and groups of people are being condemned because others are “offended” by even the thought of the things that occurred in the past. And it’s not black Americans doing this, it’s liberal Americans who have decided this country should no longer recognize our true history, and therefore the past must be erased, and history rewritten.
Frankly, those people need to get over themselves, and they need to stop using history as leverage to push their agenda and beliefs onto the American people and hoping to gain power and benefits which they do not deserve.
Every radical group from Antifa to Occupy to Black Lives Matter are not about Freedom, they are about control. They refuse to learn from the past, ugly as it may be (and it’s not all ugly!). They don’t want to understand; they only want to react to their momentary misconceptions of justice, and that’s all that matters.
Fools find no pleasure in understanding,
but delight in airing their own opinions. –Proverbs 18:2