Two facts that many people have a hard time understanding:
No one in America today ever owned a slave.
No one in America today ever was a slave.
And yet, here we go again.
Georgetown University has announced that they will “apologize” for the school’s participation in slavery. The announcement comes after a school-commissioned report shed additional light on the 1938 sale of 272 Jesuit-owned slaves.
The sale was orchestrated by two priests named Thomas Mulledy and William McSherry; both served as president of Georgetown around the time of the controversial transaction. The sale, which shipped the slaves off to Louisiana, split apart families and was hotly debated in the Jesuit community.
According to the report, Georgetown needs to reach out to the descendants of those slaves.
“The University, despite the many ways that it has invested resources over the past half century to heal the wounds of racial injustice, has not made an apology,” said the report. “While there can be empty apologies, words of apology, genuinely expressed, make a difference in the quest for reconciliation.”
Georgetown officials leapt at the opportunity to make amends for things they never did.
Not only are they developing a formal apology “through the Catholic tradition,” they are offering modern descendants of the 272 slaves the same special admissions treatment they give the children of faculty and alumni. They will also be renaming two buildings – one after a slave named Isaac and another after Anne Marie Becraft, a “trailblazing educator” who happens to have been black.
This is the perfect illustration of how the left operates in this country. Always dissatisfied, they spend their lives looking around for problems. When those problems seem too mundane, they invent things. They bring the problems of our ancestors into the present. Or, they peer into the future and bring those problems back to the present. All of these problems are completely fictional. Imaginary. They might as well be fairy tales.
Yes, of course slavery existed. Yes, of course it was terrible.
But there is a difference between remembering history and clinging to it.
The world is alive with challenges and sorrows and joys and catastrophes – all of them happening right now, right here, in our time. More than enough. More than we can ever get to.
Let’s deal with our issues and let past and future generations deal with theirs.