Can We Stop Appologizing for Slavery Yet?

Louie CK gives Jay Leno a lesson in the relevance of historical context in this clip from the Tonight Show.

Every year white people add 100 years to how long ago slavery was. I’ve heard educated white people say, ‘slavery was 400 years ago.’ No it very wasn’t. It was 140 years ago…that’s two 70-year-old ladies living and dying back to back. That’s how recently you could buy a guy.

Does the passage of time absolve the aggressor? How much time?


  1. #1 by Glenden Brown on February 19, 2013 - 7:13 am

    A very good friend of mine, the Rev Dr MarKeva Hill, wrote a book called Womanism Against Socially Constructed Matriarchal Images, and in it she pointed out that African Americans are still living with the legacy of slavery on a daily basis. The patterns of coping with the abuses of slavery have been passed down, generation to generation, within the black community. She grew up under Jim Crow.

    I can’t undo history but I can work to make tomorrow better. So for me the answer is we build better and stronger communities, we stay aware of the abuses of the past and work to redress their effects today. It’s not about apologizing or being forgiven; it’s about being an agent of positive social change so that the negative effects of slavery can be corrected.

  2. #2 by brewski on February 19, 2013 - 2:38 pm

    “Does the passage of time absolve the aggressor? How much time?”

    Wrong question.

    Do people who are born today, even those ones whose ancestors were not in in the US at the time of slavery, even those ones whose ancestors died to defeat slavery, even those ones whose ancestors were the oppressed in the land of their ancestors, inherit the label of aggressor due to no other trait than the color of their skin?

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on February 19, 2013 - 7:04 pm

    I’ve never heard of Louie CK, but that was funny!

    Here’s something that is slavery-like and is NOT funny! Tesco is a place I could definitely picket. I heard they were thinking about doing this in Britain.

    Shame on you people!

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