Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Apologizing for Slavery

This seems about right:
Although the impulse to condemn the degradation of slavery is surely a good one, the moral vacuousness of this appeal blinds its advocates to the lessons of abolition — and the urgency to combat contemporary forms of slavery and other human rights abuses.

Politicized “apologies” may serve partisan purposes, but they make no moral sense. Each generation is responsible for its own transgressions; as the Scripture says, children are not liable for the sins of their fathers.

Joseph Loconte & Benedict Rogers, Backward Thinking: Abolition, then and now.".

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