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  •  Thank you for this fine diary, Kwik. (10+ / 0-)

    I asked one of my history teachers once how Christians could justify slavery.

    The next day he brot me a bunch of Bible verses, and told me that the masters used to quote those verses to their slaves. That is the day that I stopped believing that the Bible was the Word of God.

    I don't believe that individual white people need to apologize for the institution of slavery, something that happened long before we were born. Some of us have family who died fighting in the civil war against slavery. That would include my family. And we know from letters home that slavery was a big part of why they volunteered. (My great great grandparents lost their 2 eldest sons to the civil war.) They were a family of militant abolitionist Methodists. But I can't take credit for that either, altho when I read those letters I was proud of them.

    But the Nation as a whole owes a huge apology for the Institution of Slavery. And that has never been done adequately.

    God spare me the Heart to fight them... I'll fight the Pirates forever. -Mother Jones

    by JayRaye on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 01:26:11 PM PST

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