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January 4, 2008 [ More archived home pages here ]

Slavery Is Wrong


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The State of New Jersey considers an apology for slavery long after it is due.

I can never understand how anyone ever thought that another person could be owned as property. The entire concept of slavery is a stupid idea that should never have been a part in any society, but happened far to often in history. Unfortunately, it happened in my own nation long before I was born. In some places in the world, it may still be taking place.

If it takes place today, then the society that condones it is backwards and as long as it allows the practice, it reveals just how backwards that society remains.

Every human being is a free person. That is a simple and undeniable truth. No person needs a title to show ownership of the person -- a human being cannot be owned.

Of course people can be kept against their will. Slavery kept people against their will. But no one owned the slaves, some thought they owned the slaves, but in reality they did not.

Some of America's founders kept people against their will. That is a very incongruent reality. Thomas Jefferson was a founding father of the United States and wrote brilliant words about freedom. But he practiced the concept of slavery and thereby cheapened the real value of his words. We have a Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., and I have been there. That memorial isn't as balanced about his life as it really was.

There is some talk for a long overdue National Slavery Memorial. The many countless Americans that were kept against their own will deserve such a memorial.

In the meantime, some states acknowledge their previous role in slavery and that is a step in the right direction. Before America claims to speak for Human Rights for people of other nations, America should resolve to acknowledge those same Human Rights for the victims of American slavery that didn't receive them. Otherwise much of those fine words are mere rhetoric, in my humble opinion.

Don


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