Gee, We Sure Are Sorry….

An apology by someone who wasn’t involved in what is being apologized for is worthless.  “We need closure!”  If I tell you I’m sorry my great great grandfather did something bad to your great great grandfather, what the hell good is that?  How is that closure? 

We regret that certain things happened, and if it was possible to go back in time and undo it many of us would.  That’s pretty much as good as you’re gonna get without a flux capacitor.  If an “official apology” by completely uninvolved people makes you happy, you’re as shallow as you are unrealistic. 

The problem is not that your ancestors were abused.  That WAS the problem.  Some incredible people fought for the freedom that they regretably didn’t have, and they won.  They won.  Everyone in America today gets the same tools for success that white people get.  That is your victory, and it’s huge.  So why is the success still so unbalanced?  THAT, my non-white friend, is the problem today.  And I think I have the answer.  I’ve pondered and debated it with people a lot lately, and the conclusion I’ve come to is this.  The Black community in America, in general, sees success as a white thing.  And there is so much resentment and even hatred towards Whites that Black America doesn’t want to appear to be “acting white”.  But what Black America is missing is that the opportunity to be successful here is what was fought so hard for during the Civil Rights Movement.  You won the race but you’ve rejected the prize.  By not taking advantage of school and earning a high school diploma, by not waiting to make babies until you’re financially stable, by not staying out of trouble with the law, you are slapping Dr. King in the face.  You are making pointless everything he and many others went through.  If you aren’t willing to be responsible and do what is necessary to live a decent life, that’s on you.  You can’t blame my ancestors for your current situation, because your ancestors have already fixed it.  All you have to do is take advantage of what they couldn’t.

And apologizing for history is just stupid.


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