An item in the “today in history” piece I read this morning caught my attention for a couple of reasons.
It reported that on this date in 1,862 then president Abraham Lincoln signed a bill passed by Congress in to law that outlawed slavery in Washington DC.
We are a country with it’s problems today but it’s clear we have come a long way from a nation which thought it OK to buy and sell other human beings who’d been plucked from their homeland like animals. How is it that we as a people ever allowed that to happen and how is it that the capital of the United States was so late in seeing the practice outlawed.
I am not for paying reparations to anyone for something my ancestors did, any more than I think I am owed some kind of reparation because a school board more than 50 years ago determined that I couldn’t attend public school because I couldn’t see but I can see how descendants of those who were enslaved might feel otherwise. That’s the way I see it.