- May 5, 2011
This.DearFilm said:The idea of allowing slavery to serve as a justification for future "correction" to modern day disparities in popular culture is that it makes slavery a kind of law, a defensive legal precident that can be applied to certain situations. By never allowing the spectre of slavery to recede, and in fact encouraging it to remain, we are both keeping old wounds from healing, and creating a situation wherein sooner or later someone will have to ask:
If we are not allowed to forgive the horrors of the European slave trade of Africans organically, at what point should the statute of limitations be put into play.
Will we, for all hypothetical millenia to follow, always be yoked to the distant sins of those who came before us?
And what of people like my family, the Italians and Irish who came here in the early 1920s, who never had any part in America-based slavery? Why am I being yoked to the crimes of the same culture that killed my father's ancestors?
By allowing the past to dictate and rule our present, we are denying ourselves the chance to naturally heal from the wounds inflicted in that past. We are instead turning everything into a fabrication, a balance which we are constantly adding tabulations to.
Not to mention, by keeping slavery in the fore of our race relations consciousness, we are failing to address more modern problems like educational and economic disparity. We are so busy trying to earn forgiveness for the crimes already done, we are failing to effectively prevent those crimes still being perpetrated.