In response to ‘Reparations’
John C. Meiller, in the Letter to the Editor, “Reparations,” makes the point of letting “bygones be bygones.”
He relates a single incident that applied to his ancestors. This took place 150 years before the United States was formed. The Native Americans were reacting to a foreign people invading their land.
This is quite different to enslaving a million or more free people over a 200-year period. This is different from taking property from blacks after the “War of Northern Aggression” and lynching those who resisted. This is different than “Redlining” areas of cities for the last 100 years. This is different than “Second Class Schools” for 200 years.
Are you suggesting we not remember the killing of six million Jews by the Nazis? I’m only recommending we acknowledge what happened, openly discuss the issue and attempt to come up with an appropriate solution. This is a “White People” problem. We did it and only we can make it right. A good starting point would be – What Would Jesus Do?
John W. Merrick