The institution of slavery, sanctioned by the government, allowed by the government, supported by the government and enforced by the government, was wrong. The results and ramification from slavery of are still being felt today and acted upon today.
The results and ramifications from slavery destroyed African-American families. It brought about absentee fathers and mass incarcerations, just to name two of the negative consequences.
Where others came with little and brag about their success, the ancestors of African-Americans came without even clothes on their backs. They were stripped naked, felt up and prodded. Young men, young women, boys and girls were denied to even speak in their own native language for fear of being lashed. Now, from whence they came most do not know, other than they came from another continent, someplace else. After more than 200 years, the country is still paying the price for what the government did, and/or did not do.
The question now seems to be: What can the government do to correct the government’s wrong? More programs? More jobs? “Ya’ll free now,” hasn’t worked to turn the page.
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Charlie Moore, Orange Cove