A few days ago the State legislature of the Commonwealth of Virginia voted to apologize for Slavery.
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There was no statewide referendum. The state legislature took it upon themselves to issue the apology. Why no statewide referendum? Well, "political correctness" would not allow it. You see, only whites could vote in the referendum and of course those blacks who are descended from the black slave owners in Virginia.
What… Black Slave Owners??
Well, YES! There were black slave owners throughout the South as well as in the 5 slave holding states of the North. As a matter of fact, the black man owning the largest number of slaves in the country, at one time, was from a small town, just south of me, here in the Carolinas. American Indians owned African slaves, too. If you don’t believe there were black slave owners in America, you will probably not believe there were black Confederate troops, either. It doesn’t matter that we can document them, does it?
My ancestors sailed into Charles Town Harbor in 1789 arriving from Ireland. I have not been able to find any records of them ever owning slaves. But it makes no difference. I didn’t, and do not to this day, own any slaves… not one! So, forget ever asking me to apologize for slavery! Hell will freeze over first!
As a Southerner, an American, I am insulted by what the Virginia state legislature has done. Though not a Virginian, I reside in the state immediately south of them and I have spent some time in Virginia. How a state legislature could take it upon themselves to do such a thing to her people is simply beyond me. If Virginia has “recall laws” allowing for re-call elections to recall elected officials, now would be a good time to find it, brush it off, and put it to use. North Carolina has no re-call law. I checked.
I am continually amazed at how easy it is for some people to judge our ancestors who lived in the 19th century by today’s 21st century morals. I mean, by 21st century morals it is wrong to hold slaves… but it is perfectly all right to kill millions of babies still in their mother’s womb. I guarantee you that if it were possible to ask a resident of the 19th century what he, or she, thought about our abortion laws and the killing of millions of babies, he, or she, would be aghast at the evil of the infanticide practiced in America today?
If I were to get word that my state legislature was considering such a move, I would be compelled to write my state senator and representative and ask that a special statement be placed on the document stating that I, by name, did not apologize! I don’t think that is too much to ask. To not allow my name stating that I do not apologize is to fabricate a lie as a state law! I suspect that is what happened in Virginia a few days ago.