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.
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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