What good is apology now?

by Ricky Pfeil | Pastor of Kingdom Keys Church in Amarillo

On July 30, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an official apology to black Americans for slavery and Jim Crow.

What good is accomplished for apologizing for the sins of those who lived 150 years ago? Wasn’t the Civil War an apology? Weren’t the 13th and 14th amendments to the Constitution an apology? Weren’t various pieces of civil rights legislation apologies?

I could see the need to apologize for current racism if there was racism in me. I detest racism and consider it a grievous sin. I could see the need to apologize to blacks or Mexicans for current racism that may be exhibited by people related to me or employed by me or in association with me (for example, in the church or civic club or any group I have membership in), if I see that racism.

Why do I need to apologize for something done by somebody I had nothing to do with and don’t even know? I reiterate that if I am guilty, I will apologize for that. However, it really annoys me to apologize for relatives several generations back when racism is not a problem within me. It annoys me for my black fellow citizens to think I need to apologize to them for something my great-great-great-great-great grandfather may have done to their great-great-great-great-great grandfather, when I know that my fellow black citizen has a completely different situation today. He has every opportunity that I do and every freedom I do, and in some cases, people of his race have a much better economic standing and living condition than I.

In other words, when he hasn’t suffered the same abuses that his distant relatives did, why does he need an apology? Wouldn’t that itself be a type of racism?

Since I don’t have any idea who my great-great-great-great-great grandfather was or where he lived or what he did, isn’t it possible that he may have suffered ill treatment by somebody? If so, shouldn’t somebody apologize to me? At some point, this stuff becomes ludicrous.

The real apology should be for wasting time in the U.S. Congress to pass a bill like this while refusing to deal with the need to drill for oil and bring the appointees for judges out to the Senate floor for a vote.

Why are liberals so determined to extract apologies for something 150 years ago when they demonstrate such racism today whenever a conservative black person dares to think for himself and strays from the liberal plantation?

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  1. avatar L. Cravin says:

    When America paid the Japanese for what happened to them during World War II, did you register a complaint that you had nothing to do with the orders to put them in internment camps? I hear some of them got $20,000 each and an apology. The apology to the Japanese was combined with reparations for wrongdoing–but we know the argument against reparations for African Americans–silly arguments such as “will folks like Oprah and Michael Jordan get money.” I do agree with you that an apology serves no purpose since an apology not only means “I’m sorry for prior conduct,” but also inplies that “what was done in the past will stop.” The systematic oppression of blacks, also known as racism, hasn’t, stopped, so I agree with you why apologize.