Slavery and Forgiveness
When will we (blacks) forgive the deceased slave owners? When will we move on? America has been a blessing to us, and yet we continue to be angry, frustrated, and ready to riot and cause chaos? Why?
I submit to you that it's not the fault of white people that too many of our communities are failing. It is due to our broken and dysfunctional homes; however, we are projecting that anger onto whites (particularly Jews), Asians, etc. Prior to the 1960s, a number of our problems could be blamed on racism, but ever since the dissolution of "Jim Crow" laws, and the increase of fatherless homes (rapidly becoming a problem in the late 1960s and early 1970s to the present day due to the enticement of women getting more benefits if there's no man in the home), the failure of our community lies with us, not with others.
When we continue to hate dead white people, their ancestors, and the United States we are betraying God's word: We are told in Philippians 3:13-14 the following: "....forgetting those things which are behind, and reach forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
Matthew 6: 14-15: "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if we yet forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
We are commanded in the Bible to forgive. However, we have black Marxists like Black Lives Matters, and race hustlers like Al Sharpton and former President Obama (to name a few), who want to keep reminding black people that our ancestors were slaves in this nation. They do this to keep black people in mental bondage.
Black people who continue to push this hatred of America do a great disservice to their fellow blacks. You have people like Don Lemon, Joy Reid, Lebron James, Oprah Winfrey who will whine (and lie) about oppression while they are living in a lap of luxury. And, they will never explain how, if America is so racist, Barack Obama got elected twice as President of the United States; the only first world country with a black leader.
We are the only people in America who don't believe in the American Dream because we are told over and over that America is too racist and black people can't make it. Yet, Barack Obama, and many blacks have prospered, whether in sports, music, Hollywood, medicine, etc. over the decades. America has done more to right the wrongs of the past than any country on the planet.
We must never betray our Judeo-Christian ethos to appease the godless/Communist left, who will never be satisfied.
Furthermore, we were not the only ones who experienced slavery. What about the Hebrew slaves? And, what about slaves captured by Muslims?
Barbara from Harlem outlines the parallels (see her memoir "Escaping the Racism of Low Expectations") between slavery in America and slavery endured by the Jewish people, specifically Joseph when his brothers sold him into slavery.
What was Joseph's response to his brothers' betrayal? "But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and our little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them." Genesis 50:20-21
It is time to forgive, my fellow black Americans, and move on. America has been and will always be a blessing to those who love and appreciate her. We will never forget slavery, but we will not allow it to be used as a weapon to hurt this great Republic that has done so much to right the wrongs of the past.