The following text comes directly from the website of a self-admitted Conservative Black woman, whom I know to be articulate and thoughtful. It illustrates the complexity and breadth of the issue of race relations in America.
"Can it now be stated that since the United States has a Black President, that Black America has been paid for the injustices that have done against them for hundreds of years? Is it now time for the black race to issue a pass to the white Americans that enslaved and robbed us of land, families, knowledge of self and pride as to who we were and where we came from. Has the time come for Black America to now look at the White Race as a whole and say that I trust you with my life and my future along with the rearing of my children and to say thank you for beating my ancestors into submission to accept a new way of life that you have now subjected our people to?"
These are the talking points of the IDEOLOGY OF DIVISION that "faith pimps" like the Reverends Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Jeremiah Wright use to pump up their bank accounts while doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING with regard to the issues that separate Black and White Americans. To them, and groups like the NAACP, the goal is all about "being paid", rather than acknowledging equality. As long as racial tensions exist, they have relevance and continue to "get paid".
These Black Liberation Theologists have put a nonspecific and fluctuating "price tag" required for racial reconciliation that can NEVER be met. Therefore, the majority of Blacks will ALWAYS see themselves as the oppressed and will NEVER be satisfied with ANY current state of affairs as they stand. Therefore, the only status quo that the so-called Black Equality groups are concerned with is maintaining a racial divide to perpetuate their media relevance and income stream.
What has happened centuries, or even decades, in the past cannot be undone. The only solution is within one's self...as in INDIVIDUAL SALVATION. God's forgiveness is absolute, but the desire for it must be absolute as well. It cannot be conditionally based on any external factors, whether past or future. The Lord's Prayer asks each of us, as INDIVIDUALS, "...to forgive MY trespasses, as I forgive those who trespass against ME".
The key to it all is in there...God's forgiveness of you isn't conditional on what ANYBODY ELSE has ever done to your ancestors, and NEITHER SHOULD YOURS! What happened back then is between our ancestors and God. Only in that moment of epiphany that EACH of us, regardless of our skin color, realize that our individual lives and salvation IS IN OUR OWN HANDS, and not based upon any repayment, reparation or whatever you want to call it, can we all progress towards living together in harmony.