There's a whole lot of hurting still. We can't move on unless we acknowledge that this country's sins created a pattern of discrimination that, while no longer overt, still exists through subtle prejudices, including those espoused by opponents of apology measures who feel blacks ought to stop acting like victims.
Not one of us knows what it is like to be black in America or white in America unless we are of that color. It is no more possible than for a person born into chronic illness to understand what it is like to live each day without one thought of health or sickness. Or for a healthy person to know what it feels like to live disabled.
Many of us have moved on, pal. That's what really frustrates to no end those who demand silly, empty apologies that change nothing. Nothing.
If anything, apologies that were dreamt up at the last minute Congress was in session, and passed on a simple voice vote because members wanted to get out of town for recess, diminish the record relating to the hard-fought victories of those who affected positive change in race relations all those many years ago.
This was nothing more than a political stunt. A check mark on a politician's roster of good deeds that will get him or her reelected.
Oh, and it makes bleeding-heart liberals feel better about themselves for a brief moment, allowing them to write goofy editorials about how we are all better for having done it.
The rest of us out here in normal America? We put the issue into the history books long ago, where it belongs, and have moved on.
Never to go back.
No matter how longingly they want us to.
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Oh, and by the way, I'm one of those who "feel blacks ought to stop acting like victims." All except those who can show me their scars.