An apology for slavery should flow fr...

An apology for slavery should flow from the source: Virginia

There are 3236 comments on the Richmond Times-Dispatch story from Jun 18, 2006, titled An apology for slavery should flow from the source: Virginia. In it, Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that:

Born white in segregation-era Virginia's heart of darkness, Ken Woodley seems miscast as an ardent advocate for a national slavery apology.

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nitro

United States

#1 Jun 29, 2006
why should "we" who are alive NOW have to apologise for something thet happened 150 years ago-
dunno

Oakvale, WV

#2 Jun 29, 2006
I just don't get it either. It's ridiculous.
Good Grief

United States

#3 Jun 29, 2006
THis is how I feel about this. While it is true that there were those people that were terribly treated, abused and killed and I feel terrible about this but that was our ancestors. WE can't help what those people did to the Blacks, Chinese and any other race they chose to mistreat. It isn't like we can go back in time and correct this but we can go forward and make it better for ALL races. True their ancestors were terribly treated but we cannot make amends for people that are long since dead and gone. We can learn from our ancestors mistakes and try to make this world a better place to live.
Small Town Girl

United States

#4 Jun 29, 2006
My ancestors are American Indians and legal immigrants, therefore I will not apoligize to anyone for something I was not a party to. This is rediculous. In order for bigotry to end all sides must think of every one as their equal. It goes both ways!
Im just saying

Alexandria, VA

#5 Jun 29, 2006
Apologising now is like people from the 1900's spilling milk on the floor, cleaning it up, then us coming back and apologising for them spilling their milk.
Yeah Toast

South Boston, VA

#6 Jun 30, 2006
First of all, back in slavery times, slaves were considered as property, just as automobiles or televisions, etc. are today. While I believe some slaves were mistreated, I don't believe that the majority of them were. Beating a slave would be like taking a sledge hammer to the fender or windshield of your band new car. Why would anyone want to damage his property. I just don't believe it was as bad as some would have you believe. My great, great, great grandfather fought for the Confederacy, and he never owned a slave in his life. And no, he wasn't a poor dirt farmer...he had numerous acres and was what some would call a gentleman farmer. He was an officer in the Confederacy, and he fought for states rights and his individual rights as a Virginian...not for the slavery issue. Northerners won the war, so that gives them the right to write the war's history. What a shame!! Neither Virginia nor any other state needs to apologise for slavery. And by the way, if it wasn't for slavery, the blacks who are complaining about it wouldn't be in America to complain. I'm not saying slavery was good, but I just don't think it was as bad as many would have you believe.
visitor1

Severn, MD

#7 Jun 30, 2006
Yeah Toast wrote:
First of all, back in slavery times, slaves were considered as property, just as automobiles or televisions, etc. are today. While I believe some slaves were mistreated, I don't believe that the majority of them were. Beating a slave would be like taking a sledge hammer to the fender or windshield of your band new car. Why would anyone want to damage his property. I just don't believe it was as bad as some would have you believe. My great, great, great grandfather fought for the Confederacy, and he never owned a slave in his life. And no, he wasn't a poor dirt farmer...he had numerous acres and was what some would call a gentleman farmer. He was an officer in the Confederacy, and he fought for states rights and his individual rights as a Virginian...not for the slavery issue. Northerners won the war, so that gives them the right to write the war's history. What a shame!! Neither Virginia nor any other state needs to apologise for slavery. And by the way, if it wasn't for slavery, the blacks who are complaining about it wouldn't be in America to complain. I'm not saying slavery was good, but I just don't think it was as bad as many would have you believe.
This is the reason why racism is still alive today. IGNORANCE. Slavery isn't only about being beaten, hanged, raped, separated from your children and family, sold to the highest bidder and being owned by another human being (if that wasn't enough). Slavery was about breaking a human spirit and the affects of breaking that human spirit has cast a dark shadow on many blacks throughout the years. The mere fact that someone owned a human being like they own an automobile and would never damage their property speaks volumes on what people thought blacks equated to then and what you think now. I am black and contrary to what people may think I DON'T want an apology from anyone (ask most blacks and they will say the same). It's a little too late for that - my great-great grandparents have been dead for sometime now. My success and my children's success salutes my great great grandparents and what they went through as human beings and as American's in a country that reminded them everyday of how much they were hated. And to the set the record straight, many of the Africans that were sold into slavery (by Africans) never made to America. They died in the bowels of ships stacked on top of each other throughout their long journey here.
Marc L

Louisville, KY

#8 Jun 30, 2006
Blacks will never let racism go; they realize what a great tool they have at their disposal.
Small Town Girl

United States

#9 Jun 30, 2006
It is not just blacks; it is people of many ethnic backgrounds and whites who will not let go of their hate. The hate of others is what keeps racism alive. There are many types of racisism.
Billie Jean Thorton

Williamsburg, VA

#10 Jun 30, 2006
Marc L wrote:
Blacks will never let racism go; they realize what a great tool they have at their disposal.
You're right. We will never let it go. How can we when they're people like you that keep it alive and kicken. I think what we all as blacks want every racist to know is that you don't scare us you make our spirits stronger;)
Billie Jean Thorton

Williamsburg, VA

#11 Jun 30, 2006
wink ;) wink ;)
studious

Secondcreek, WV

#12 Jun 30, 2006
What a lot of people do not realize is that the North also had slavery. Many slaves were brought thru northern ports and were sold to Northerners. Slavery just faded out faster in the North than it did in the South. So Virginia does not owe an apology to anybody any more than the Romans owe an apology to Europeans for invading their country and doing basically the same thing that was done in America, nor do the Turks owe an apology to any of the countries that they invaded, nor do any of the Chinese dynasties owe an apology to anyone that their forfathers invaded and mistreated. There have been aggressive takeovers of many races and nationalities down thru history, but why on earth would present day people owe an apology for something they had no part in doing? That is like me having to apologize for something my great-great-great-great grandfather might have said or done in the early 1800s and of which I had no part. This is another attempt by black people to keep racism alive and flourishing.It is also one of the most stupid ideas that I have ever heard of.
studious

Secondcreek, WV

#13 Jun 30, 2006
Also, why don't you go back to Africa and demand that the tribal chiefs apologize to you for their great-great-great-great-great- great grandfathers selling their tribesmen, or other tribesmen, that they captured into slavery? That makes more sense than Virginia apologizing to anybody. Why did you pick Virginia? Did you learn how many states were in the Union pre-Civil War? hOW Many states had slavery that belonged to the Union? A lot , if not all of them.
studious

Secondcreek, WV

#14 Jun 30, 2006
Maybe the tribal chiefs should apologize to Virginia and all the other Southern States for causing the problem that started the Civil War?
A L Bailey

Philadelphia, PA

#15 Jul 1, 2006
Your analogy would not be this shallow, if the roles were reversed for your ancestors.
Im just saying wrote:
Apologising now is like people from the 1900's spilling milk on the floor, cleaning it up, then us coming back and apologising for them spilling their milk.
Farmville Resident

Thaxton, VA

#16 Jul 2, 2006
What up with Ken Woodley's apology crusade? What an idiot.
gypsy

Radford, VA

#17 Jul 2, 2006
What about all the mistreatment white people get from blacks today JUST because they are WHITE? If racism is desired to be depleted then it must go for EVERYONE. I refuse to be treated like less of a person because Im white or feel like I must be at anothers mercy because they are one race and Im another. Lets talk about the colleges strictly for blacks. If white people had colleges strictly for whites we would be accused of segregation. If anyone is a minority these days it is the white race. There are employers that have "incentives" to hire a black person instead of a white person regardless of their resume . What is that????? A job should hire the most competent person for the job no matter what their race is! Minority = people of the white race. Everything is more than equal for the blacks today.
Sweetie

United States

#18 Jul 2, 2006
O, Gypsy you have always been racist. Don't cover it up with the whiteman's burden crap that doesn't even apply to you! Did you forget women are said to be a minority group now? Yeah I bet you did! So in other words, you are a minority group and you want to use it as a way to get attention.
lou lou

Petersburg, VA

#19 Jul 3, 2006
i say [GETOVER IT] quit mooching off the government ''my money''i'm tired of supporting you get a job.i don't owe you anything, much less an apology . Blacks are the BIGGEST racist. it is the liberals that are backing their agenda
Unbelievable

Gaithersburg, MD

#20 Jul 3, 2006
None of my ancestors on my mom's side were in America during slavery years (Eastern European). The only ancestors on my dad's side that were in America were Native Americans - Huron Tribe, who had their land taken and were conquered. So, why shall I be faced with more taxes to pay for these programs to advance other people ahead of me? How about the Government give me my land along the Great Lakes back?
Why do I not broadcast this? because I am not some whining baby blaming others for my low social status. I work my fingers to the bone for what I have. I appreciate what I have because I have worked for it. It is about time America stops the handouts, and starts making individuals work if they want their piece of the pie. Government programs do not work, look at the Katrina victims, they took their handouts and squandered them on booze and drugs.

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