An occasional letter writer could open her eyes and mind regarding her views on racial attitudes and assigned guilt. In reply:
African tribes used and sold rival black tribes as slaves long before there was a slave market to whites, and that practice continues today in some parts of Africa.
Cruelty among some rival African tribes is beyond what ever happened in the U S., and their barbaric practices exist today, as reported in the news and by missionaries.
Many American colonists considered slavery inhumane and a sin against God, and expected it to end in the generation following the Revolutionary War. The debate to free slaves raged in Congress for years. It took a four-year Civil War between 2.5 million white brothers and friends, and fathers and sons, and upwards of 850,000 deaths to free all slaves.
The effect of sin lingers because of man’s sin nature to live as he chooses, in defiance of God’s instructions and His Ten Commandments for a good life.
It is a disservice to black youth, and it sets them up to fail, to tell them they are owed amends by the U.S. because their black great-grandparents might have had white slave masters. As someone said, that might lead them to “end up on the government plantation.” (Consider if their great-grandparents stayed as slaves in Africa, they would possibility be in slavery in Africa today.)
Self-government, and “God in men’s hearts,” brings decisions that face each individual in every generation.
Joan Cobb, Nashville