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Would the black community that harbors ill feelings over slavery openly forgive all us whites of the 21st Century who had nothing to do with it in the first place. 

                                                                                               ---Mr. Huma


Probably not, but it is far too simplified to argue that an apology for slavery is necessary so that the descendants of slaves will "forgive" the institution's principle benefactors, or as you called them, "whites."  I don't think whites need blacks to forgive them, nor is it likely that most blacks actually care about receiving apologies, sincere or not, from whites.  The significance of receiving an apology from the Virginia state legislature is that it brings the hope that other ex-slave states, north and south of the Mason-Dixon, are also ready to seriously assess the impact slavery has had and continues to have on this country.  Then, perhaps the work of men who were honest, courageous, and committed to justice and equality for all --men like Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman and Thaddeus Stevens -- will finally be brought into fruition.

When this happens, it can then be said that America has lived up, in entirety, to the principles its forefathers espoused in the Declaration of Independence.

As for the rest of your response, it is so rife with emotion and uninformed, yet nevertheless callow conviction, that it fails to even warrant a response beyond this: please read my post again and make an effort to deal with the facts as they were presented.  A host of laws supported by government agencies and white settler vigilantism that systematically kept/keep African Americans from owning property and therefore acquiring wealth tantamount to "average" whites cannot and certainly should not simply be "let go."  If addressing entire systems of inequality have an adverse effect on your "old wounds" then that is your problem.

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