“Closure” has always been in your hands
In this country, the White forefathers started this evil criminal conduct of oppression, abuse, and injustice against the Black collective, the Native American collective, and the Mexican-American collective. FACT. And then, they continued to execute it for centuries. Also, FACT.
And it begat “White America, This Is the Defense of a Child.”
And that begat this wonderful comment:
Okay, let’s break this comment down. It’s simple really. Yes, it is.
To expound on paragraph 1 of the comment above —
Why are so many White Americans comfortable conceding and vilifying the horrors of the Jewish Holocaust? But they are still unwilling to acknowledge this country’s historical, horrific criminal conduct — and its continuing and ongoing existence even today — against Black people (and other People of Color)?
If the answer is: It’s personal, too close to home. Well, I say, grow the hell up and find your backbone, decency, and conscience to stand tall and tackle your country’s history. Then, with haste, do what you know needs to be done or undone. And, after 156 years, we all know what those things are.
To expound on paragraph 2 of the comment above —
“Ignorantia juris non excusat” is a legal principle. It translates to “ignorance of law excuses no one.” In other words, we cannot use the ignorance of the law as a defense for our criminal conduct.
So, I submit that “being a product of their time and place” does NOT excuse the White forefathers of this country from posthumous culpability for their evil, immoral, criminal conduct against People of Color. In other words, if ‘time and place’ were a valid defense, then why are “civilized,” modern countries still hunting and crucifying Nazi war criminals?
Furthermore, too many White Descendants continue to commit political and social crimes against all People of Color. And then, they squabble and deflect about their continuing and ongoing criminal conduct as accessories after the fact.
As members of humanity, individually and collectively, the challenges Life “deals” us reveal our character. In other words, it’s our choices that determine whether we are good or evil, right or wrong. And as long as this country continues to squabble and deflect, rather than do right by all Americans, it’s not good or right here [point to brain/mind] or here [point to heart/soul].
Bottom line —
If White Descendents insist on continuing the “work” of their forefathers by supporting racist politicians and justices and their racist political agendas, how are People of Color and the United States of America supposed to achieve “closure” and move past the historical and current injustices committed by this country? How?