Monday, September 07, 2015

DOES THE U.S. NEED TO APOLOGIZE FOR SLAVERY?

Should the U.S. apologize for the fact that slavery existed in this country until 1865? Before you answer, consider these talking points:

1. We learned this economic system from other countries (among them Spain and Portugal) in which it existed for centuries before being adopted by English-speaking countries;

2. American slavery could not have existed without the willing complicity of the black African elite;

3. Slavery continued to exist in other countries (Brazil and Cuba to name two) after it was abolished in the U.S.;

4. The death of more than 360,000 (mostly white) Union soldiers in the violent struggle to free the slaves (and the subsequent suffering of the families of those soldiers) is all the apology/contrition that any rational person would consider necessary.

What do you think?

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