CHAPEL HILL – Slavery, of any kind, is an abhorrent practice rooted in a collective discounting of individual rights. It was abolished a century and a half ago in the United States (some Native Americans held on to it for a decade more or so), and it took a couple generations of actually practicing what the Bill of Rights and Constitution preach to reach a plane that ramped up to our current society. Today institutionalized racism is a relic, and the vast majority of people live according to the Dream evoked by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights movement decades ago.
So, how many times must we relive the plague of slavery as if it still infects the institutions that existed alongside it? Well, forever, if the social justice crowd has their way. UNC Chancellor Carol Folt is making sure to appease that very crowd as much as possible these days.
“While honoring the 225th anniversary of the founding of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the nation’s first public university, Chancellor Carol Folt on Friday also offered an apology to the school’s historical ties to slavery.
“I offer our university’s deepest apology for the profound injustices of slavery and our full acknowledgement of the strength of enslaved people in the face of their suffering and our respect and indebtedness to them,” Folt said in her University Day address.
“Our unique legacy demands that we continue to reconcile our past with our present and future and be the diverse and just community that is fitting for America’s first public university,” she said. “If done with honesty, resolve and strength of purpose, our choices will help us come to terms with our past, and move us to a better future.””
Are the going to open basketball games in the Dean Dome with a short announcement apologizing for ties to slavery too?
Seriously, do you know any well-balanced people that haven’t ‘reconciled our (the world’s) past with our present day’? Not likely.
The thing is, the social justice crowd wants men and women walking around in 2018, whom had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with enslaving anyone, to feel the guilt and atone as if they are the ones that committed these base acts of evil.
That means the people that staff and lead institutions that existed alongside slavery, like UNC, need to be constantly making amends for a past they had nothing to do with. It means inanimate objects that remind people of less ideal times need to be torn down. It means that if your skin is of a certain hue, your lineage of a particular line, that you should be burdened with shame and guilt and obligated to apologize for actions of similarly colored people 150+ years ago.
Does the social justice crowd not see the irony in all of this?
Read more from Chancellor Folt here.