Slavery: Many Apologies, But No Reparations—Yet

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It`s been a brisk season for official apologies.
On February 24th, Virginia

led the pack
into the confessional when the

state legislature
unanimously passed a bill
expressing "profound contrition" for slavery.
Since then, the Maryland Senate, the North Carolina
Senate, and the Alabama legislature have all voted
to

beat their breasts
over slavery. Even the board
of the University of Virginia marked the birthday of
the university`s founder—Thomas
Jefferson
—by apologizing because UVA once used
slave labor. There are similar apologies

brewing
in the

Georgia
and

Missouri
legislatures.

Now that four states of the

former Confederacy
have eaten crow, it will look
bad if the rest don`t. Expect a torrent.

What`s going on? The black sponsors of statehouse
apologies say they want reconciliation. "Some of
us can`t move into reconciliation until we have an
apology,"


says Hank Sanders
, who backed the Alabama
resolution. The Virginia vote was "part of a
healing process,"
explains

Delegate A. Donald McEachin
.  

The chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus of
Maryland says the same thing: "The first step for
healing to take place is for there to be an
acknowledgment,"
says state senator Nathaniel
Exum. [`Regret`
Over Md. Role in Slavery
| State Senate
Resolution Follows Similar Action in Virginia, By
Ovetta Wiggins
Washington Post March 17,
2007]

We`re all for healing—who isn`t?—but everyone
knows that has nothing to do with it. Even the white
legislators who

obediently
hung their heads over

something they never did
tried to be careful to
draft resolutions that would avoid

raids on the treasury.
"Profound regret,"
and

"profound contrition"
were the favorite
formulations that stop short of an outright apology
that might lead to demands for reparations.

There`s good reason to be crafty. In the minds of
blacks, "healing" clearly requires more than
"profound contrition." The Virginia vote was
"a good first step," says Del. McEachin, who
likes to tell reporters his great-grandfather was a
slave.

Senator Exum of Maryland says the vote on slavery
was nice, but the state must “recognize

steps we need to do
to get rid of the

lingering effects
of it."
Bruce Gordon,
president of the Virginia NAACP, complained that
words don`t heal anything. He, too, wants to stamp
out "lingering
inequalities."

"Don`t let it end here," said state
senator Larry Shaw after the North Carolina vote.

"There`s plenty of work to be done."

"Work" means money; your money. That is
why

Charles Bishop
was one of seven Alabama state
senators who voted against the resolution. "What
I am is somebody who hates to see lawyers take
advantage of the General Fund of the state of
Alabama and suck it like a leech,"
he explained.
[Alabama
House, Senate approve slavery apologies
,
By Phillip Rawls, Associated Press, April 24,
2007]

Cowed as they are, whites will still draw the
line at

paying reparations for slavery
. Blacks who have
started

thinking how to spend the check
had better hold
off—for now.

But these votes of "profound regret" are
far from innocuous, and they have nothing to do with
"reconciliation."

Stripped of all pretence, what they do is make
whites say to blacks, "Our people have been
very, very, very bad to your people, and we will
never forget it. Please forgive us."
And
they make whites say it publicly, officially,
formally, in the name of an entire state.

This is an expression of

naked racial power.
It makes it blindingly clear
who are the moral creditors and who are the debtors.
Blacks don`t want “healing"; they want

the moral whip hand.
They will never, ever

put slavery behind them
so long as they can make
whites feel bad about it. They want every

policy
, every conversation, and even every
thought about

race in America
to start and end with

white guilt
and innocent black suffering. They
will milk white contrition for as much and for as
long as whites let them.

A few people recognize a stickup when they see
it. When the idea of apologizing for slavery first
came up in the Virginia General Assembly,
79-year-old Delegate Frank Hargrove was having none
of it.

There hasn`t been slavery for 140 years, he said,
and "our black citizens should get over it."
[Slavery
apology measure ignites legislative debate
,

By Bob Gibson, Richmond Daily Progress,
January 16, 2007]

The

wrath
of

all liberaldom
descended on Mr. Hargrove, and he
quickly wilted. Not only did he change his mind and
vote for the resolution, he even added an extra bit
of "profound contrition": He

introduced a proposal
that Virginia celebrate
"Juneteenth"
—June
19, 1865, when the last slaves got word they were
free—as a

state holiday.

Blacks will continue this contrition caper
indefinitely—until whites wake up.

Jared Taylor (email
him) is editor of



American Renaissance

and the author of



Paved With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race
Relations in Contemporary America
.
(For Peter Brimelow`s review, click



here
.)