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February 07, 2008

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angelika

i think its all great writen i am very happey with it and i am so great full about this storey and happey no one can not inmagine this is a great information about slavery in some cind of way and i
kno this is the -beast to open thouse people eyes and see the truth some people stil dpnt like black people but i do not think thats how they or you think i am so proud of this people and ho bleves and haVE the bleve on the black people
how people seys dont joudge me on my skin coular jude ho i am.

Tim Abbott

Beautifully said, Thomas. You have articulated precisely what I am after and how I hope to be able to engage with the hard questions such an inquiry will provoke. Many thanks for that.

Thomas MacEntee

An admirable project and I commend you for posting about the topic and discussing it. I've done the same over the past few months and from the comments I've received, I've come to this conclusion:

Many of us either had a parent or older person in our family help break the chain of bigotry or somehow we decided on our own not to perpetuate the biases with which we were raised. Personally, it was my mother who did this: we'd come home from visiting a friend or relative who used racial epithets and Mom would set me straight as to how things really should be.

Discussing "ownership" of past offenses and sins against another race or group of people is a heavy topic. With my family going back to the mid 1600s in this country, I am certain that there were slave owners among my ancestors. When I see behaviors or practices that seem very out of place in modern times, putting them in their historical context does not necessarily make them right or help to explain them away. But one of my goals is to thoroughly research my ancestors and their role in the practice of slavery: how did they acquire slaves? is there any evidence as to how they treated slaves? were they part of social or religious communities that spoke out against the slave trade?

But nothing that I do in the way of research or writing can ever even touch the pain or misery that such a practice has wrought - not only upon those enslaved and their descendants but among those of us who involve ourselves in the "looking back" and sometimes don't like what we see.

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