You don't just 'get over it'

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Should we tell our Jewish friends to "just get over" the Holocaust?

Should we expect World War II veterans to "just get over" Pearl Harbor?

Should we tell abused women to just tape it up and get back in there?

If we asked the United Nations to apologize for allowing the genocide of 500,000 Tutsis in Rwanda, should the secretary-general say, "Just get over it"?

Is it, therefore, anywhere in the neighborhood of fair to expect African-Americans to "get over" slavery?

Yet, that was the flip remark from a Virginia state lawmaker, Frank Hargrove, as the commonwealth debated issuing a formal apology for slavery.

You don't just "get over" the wrongful imprisonment, even torture, of your ancestors. You don't just shake it off.

Nor is slavery's legacy something blacks have to deal with alone. Society has a whole needs to work through this thing.

You don't just get over it. You work through it.

Ironically, where Hargrove is concerned, a lot of folks feel an apology would help do that.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/22/07 - 07:33 am
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It's not a matter of "just

It's not a matter of "just get over it", it's more a matter of "at some time you have to move on". Continuing to focus on the most negative incident in your history means the incident will never be over, regardless of the amount of time that has passed. Five generations is not an unreasonable amount of time to consider moving on. This apology campaign is a tacky political ploy where people not involved in owning slaves apologize to people not slaves. Nobody is saying Blacks should forget their history, but slavery isn't the only thing that happened to black people. It is ,however, the easiest thing for politicians to exploit. The part of the black race that lives to complain about slavery will continue to be used as a club to attack opponents of the politicians that manipulate them. This type of politics is a common ploy of the democrat party. Supporting them with this editorial is very 'politically correct'.

getalife
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getalife 01/22/07 - 09:46 am
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Many of our ancestors were

Many of our ancestors were slaves of sort in the past. Most of the southerns during the days of slavery did not own a slave. Many were almost slaves themselves, having to work in the fields from daylight to dark, working as sharecroppers. I think slavery was a very bad time in our history and while blacks should never forget about slavery, I do think it is time to move to a more positive outlook. All southerners have been accused of having slaves and supporting slavery. That is completely false. Why not blame the african natives that raided villages and captured people, and then sold them to the yankee traders and others that brought them to the south and the rest of America. I just don't understand how the editorial staff of this paper would continue to bring up these issues. If you would stop this type of writings, then maybe we all could move forward as Americans.

mgroothand
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mgroothand 01/22/07 - 09:49 am
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I am quite surprised at your

I am quite surprised at your editorial take on this divisive issue.
The ever present look of indignancy on Al Sharpton's face tells your story. There is another way to look at all this; Blacks living in America today are of African ancestry. Instead of constantly bemoaning their fate, they should profoundly thank their ancestors for toughing it out when they were first brought here. Yes, I'm sure it was a living hell to be enslaved but their current off spring and the last five generations are a lot better off then those living anywhere on the continent of Africa.

msitua
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msitua 01/22/07 - 10:00 am
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People, unfortunately, need

People, unfortunately, need constant reminders about how humanity has been treated in the past and how it is treated now. As ong as bigotry, anti-semitism,civil wars, wars against other nations exist, then reminders need always be there Inhumanity is everywhere-if people would take their eyes off the rediculous reality shows on tv-they'd see it.

Californiagirl
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Californiagirl 01/22/07 - 10:52 am
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I am pleasantly surprised and

I am pleasantly surprised and agree with the excellent editorial position of the Augusta Chronicle on the Virginia controversy about whether or not black folks should "get over it." Since visiting Augusta for James Brown's funeral, I have been pleased to see the city's local efforts to improve race relations. Unfortunatetely, quite of a few of your reader comments reflect attitudes from the 19th century.

With the growing numbers of foreign enemies we are faced with, all Americans need to find a way to get along. Those of us born here must recognize each other's pain and acknowledge it. Only through honesty can we all heal.

charles yonce
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charles yonce 01/22/07 - 11:21 am
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i agree with the first

i agree with the first poster.slavery ended over 140 years ago,not one person today was alive when it happened.we don't really know exactly what happened then we are just surmising.everyone loves to harp on how the slaves were brought here,but not on who sold them.slavery was terrible and inhuman but that's how it was then.i am caucasian, but i have attended many black churches and listen to black ministers over the radio.many believe that jesus and all of the people in the bible are black,that's fine if that's what they believe,no one knows what color anyone is in the bible,except in one or two passages mentioning ethiopia.my problem is when a minister tries to tie all failures,and shortcomings on slavery.blacks in the 40-60s have a legitimate gripe about civil rights.telling me that a 18 year old thug who impregnates every woman he can and thens runs off,can't be tied to slavery.telling me that he can't be a father because he never had one,and his father couldn't be one has nothing to do with slavery.telling me the thug is full of anger because his great grandfather was beaten during slavery is bull.you can't pass things like that through the bloodline.as for rev's jackson

laking
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laking 01/22/07 - 11:21 am
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The Southern attitudes

The Southern attitudes displaying intolerance and mean spiritness against Americans of African decent is alive and well
among the readers of this newspaper. Slavery shouldn't be the only thing mentioned when the subject of an apology comes up. Those of privileged decent ignore the periods of reconstruction, Klan terror, and the years leading up to the Civil Rights Movement. Jim Crow Laws were written into legislation in order to keep Blacks from voting, to promote inequality, to degrade and to dehumanized. I'm sure some of you that responded are old enough to remember this. It seem so arrogant for you that never walked in the shoes of a black person, that never suffered the inhumanity of state sponsored degradation, can now speculate on what is best for them when the vestiges of Slavery is still so very abundant in our society. All you have to do is to visit any Southern state house grounds.

charles yonce
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charles yonce 01/22/07 - 11:28 am
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to finish my other post i

to finish my other post i have nothing against jackson and sharpton,i've heard rev al preach he is very good.to keep distrust between the races keeps them employed.just like farrakhan if the races finally accept each other he's finished.my wish is that black people would think for themselves and not rely on what these people want them to think like them.see the world the way you se it

frodo33
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frodo33 01/22/07 - 12:06 pm
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When we see equality in

When we see equality in employment, more Qualified African American candidates being selected to CEO and Director's positions here in the south-and not having to hear that same old tired refrain of " it's just not the right time", then I 'd believe that there is an element of true fairness and equality in the south and not the same-old-same-old rhetorc of get over it and move on.

Just ask Augusta: ( hired a Fire-Chief( White ) with no degree, over an African American candidate with a Masters Degree ) Some fairness, huh?

concernednative
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concernednative 01/22/07 - 12:07 pm
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Laking, you are all over it.

Laking, you are all over it. It seems that everyone acts like slavery happened in a capsule and didn't shape our present day society. Slavery gave whites power over blacks. When it was made illegal whites particularly in the south did everything in their power to keep that power over blacks without the tool of slavery. MLK died in the 60's when lots of people today were living and think about his struggles. We still renew that Voters Rights Act every 25 years why can't it be a law. Think about conversation we have on here in 2007 that all stems from issues created by slavery which allowed whites to feel superior. Popkorn, you say the right things and then show how you have a bias with the 18 yr old getting people pregnant comment. It is again a feeling of superiorty to act as if whites don't have teen pregnancy issues(or other problems). Typically in urban areas it is black teens in rural areas it is white teens. But my point is most people have racist tendencies. The difference it whites fight for superiority and blacks for equality.

sjsd17
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sjsd17 01/22/07 - 12:55 pm
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Frodo33...Don't go

Frodo33...Don't go there....Ronnie Few screwed this town once...you obviously don't mind letting him do it again. But most folks do...that's why he lost the mayoral election by such a huge amount.
Have you got any idea as to what you're talking about????

intheknow
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intheknow 01/22/07 - 01:29 pm
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To the likes of getalife and

To the likes of getalife and mgroothand it is amazing how people like you are always telling blacks to get over slavery but I never hear or read about them telling Jews to get over the Holocaust. At least slavery took place in this country the Holocaust did not. Bottom line is to ask anyone to " Get over" their history is not up to the likes of you or anyone else. And by the way all Americans should be Blessed to be in this country not just the " Blacks".

intheknow
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intheknow 01/22/07 - 01:39 pm
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popkorn are you trying to say

popkorn are you trying to say that only Black teens are having babies? If that was true then we would not have Jerry Springer and Maury now would we?

djm
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djm 01/22/07 - 02:03 pm
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You guys make race an issue.

You guys make race an issue. Both sides refuse to see past any color. I thought most of you guys were Christians...what happened to forgiveness? No one can change the past, but the way Augustans carry on doesn't foreshadow a change in the future, either.
Color should be used as a qualification or reason for disqualification. By FORCING people to chose someone based on race, esp. high profiled positions (such as Pro Sports), the public keeps getting the band aid ripped off of any healing being done.
Will the NAACP ever be satisfied? Will the KKK ever become enlighthened? Will you Augustans quit arguing and come together?
If one race wants to get rid of something (such as the flag), but then uses the past to their benefit, all you are ever doing is causing racism to rear its ugly head. You can't have your cake and eat it, too.

charles yonce
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charles yonce 01/22/07 - 03:24 pm
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intheknow, you didn't read

intheknow, you didn't read the post,also don't attack the messenger,just the message.rev wl bonner,you may have listened to him,said that 18 year olds bail out on impregnated women because they have no fathers,or father skills and went on to blame slavery for it once again bull! now ride through some of your housing projects off of 15th st and tell me what you see.(you know some of the neighborhoods the apd won't even go in after dark) blacks make up 12% of the population right?that's 36 million people.if 70% of those 36 million people are born out of wedlock then that amounts to about 25 million people.what says you?

toppergem
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toppergem 01/22/07 - 04:23 pm
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Vestiges of slavery will

Vestiges of slavery will continue to live on in both the white and black culture. You can never get over anything that has been done to you...but you can move on inspite of the what has been done with the hope of doing better with the new opportunities life bring you.

toppergem
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toppergem 01/22/07 - 04:24 pm
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Vestiges of slavery will

Vestiges of slavery will continue to live on in both the white and black culture. You can never get over anything that has been done to you...but you can move on inspite of the what has been done with the hope of doing better with the new opportunities life bring you.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/22/07 - 08:03 pm
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Toppergem, that was my point.

Toppergem, that was my point. What happened in the past is something to reference, what happens in the future is something to be controled. Everyone should try to improve.

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