America has Apologized
by Mychal Massie
A New Visions Commentary
paper published August 2003 by The National Center for Public
Policy Research, 501 Capitol Ct., N.E., Washington, DC 20002,
202/543-4110, Fax 202-543-5975, E-Mail Project21@nationalcenter.org,
Reprints permitted provided source is credited.
The United States didn't invent slavery.
While it is historical fact that certain regions participated
in and benefited from slavery, it should also be pointed out
that America had the good sense to eliminate slavery and emancipate
its slaves - acknowledging their full rights and citizenship.
America has also provided avenues of
opportunity for blacks to excel to unparalleled levels. There
are black billionaires such as Oprah Winfrey. Blacks fill key
positions in many Fortune 500 companies. Attorneys, doctors,
actors, authors, producers, professors, engineers, astronauts
and small business owners, among others, are black.
Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan and Tiger
Woods are beloved and revered individuals. Together, Jordan and
Woods are among the wealthiest and most admired people in America.
So, why was President Bush groveling
and genuflecting in Africa? Why is the leader of the country
that has given so much to all peoples - especially blacks - on
I grow weary of the repetitious mantra
of how bad blacks have had it or have it now. Not everyone came
here in chains, Africans included. But people still come here
to escape bondage and start in a new life, Africans included.
Because America is viewed by many as
responsible for the accouchement of slavery, a couple points
bear mentioning. Arab Muslims were the first slave traders; trading
for African slaves on the eastern coast, and trading chattel
throughout Western Africa. It's a small wonder many blacks are
choosing Islam as their true religion (sarcasm intended).
Additionally, while ships from America
were amongst those carrying slaves, it should be noted that whites
weren't running through the jungle with nets and chains. That
was left to the pre-colonial empires of the Dahomy and Ashanti
tribes located in modern day Benin and Ghana.
If America is to hang her head in shame,
let it instead be for the murder of millions of unborn babies.
Let America hang her head in shame that vile usurpers of truth
distort history and corrupt entire communities to make gain and
oppress the ignorant.
It's been said that "whites need
to learn black history." I'll concede that if we recognize
that we also need to learn our history. It was white Americans
who locked arms with Dr. King, but it was a black man who used
blood from King's lifeless body to feign importance. It was white
Republicans who passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
It was not Liberia, the Sudan, Ghana
or the Congo that produced men and women such as Dr. Carter G.
Goodson, Garrett Morgan, Percy L. Julian, Dr. Jane Wright, William
A. Lester, Jr., Daniel Hale Williams, William B. Purvis and Norbert
America is a country whose people are
willing to correct injustice with their lives. White college
students were murdered supporting Dr. King. More than 600,000
Americans died to pay the price for America's sin of slavery.
Even now, white Americans are doing what
so-called black leaders will not. Groups such as Christian Solidarity
International and the American Anti-Slavery Group are raising
funds to free present-day African women and children from their
While many take advantage of what America
has to offer, others are spurred to dissent by loathsome and
spurious individuals. As the President offered acknowledgments
of past injustices while in Africa, reprobates here plot to use
his words against him and our country.
U.S. Representative John Conyers (D-MI)
is pushing a bill calling for the creation of a commission to
study the effects of slavery on the descendents of African slaves.
Salih Booker, executive director of Africa
Action, said, "Bush is almost making light of the severity
William Fletcher, Jr., president of TransAfrica,
told MSNBC: "Whether it's called 'reparations' or 'reconstruction
assistance,' something is needed in order to return peoples to
their history." He claims those of African descent "were
ripped out of history, and they need to be reinstated where they
otherwise would have been."
Some black Americans embrace opportunity,
while others embrace bitterness, ignorance and lies. We don't
need a commission to determine the effects of slavery. As for
Booker and Fletcher, I would suggest they consider accommodations
in Liberia or the Sudan, or perhaps Ghana or Uganda. Then again,
there's that place where fires burn eternal.
S. Massie is a member of Project 21 and self-employed business
owner for 30 years. This column is reprinted with the permission
of the Internet newspaper WorldNetDaily.com. Comments may be
sent to Project21@nationalcenter.org.)
Note: New Visions Commentaries reflect the views of their author,
and not necessarily those of Project 21.
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