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July 13, 2005

A Day Late and 40 Acres Short

What's up with this sudden rash of apologies for the racism of yesteryear? It's making me nervous.

Too often when people randomly apologize for what happened long ago, they're really feeling guilty about something else they're doing right now, that we didn't find out about yet. So are y'all up to something or what?

S.C. Residents Apologize For Lynching

Eugene Crawford's grandfather was killed by a mob after arguing with a white man over the price of cotton in 1916.

But more was taken from the family than Anthony Crawford, a wealthy black farmer. His children inherited the farm, but the rest of his property went to the white man with whom he had the disagreement.

Tuesday night, hundreds of worshipers gathered at a church in Abbeville, S.C., for a service to atone for Crawford's lynching.

White church leaders confessed the sins of their ancestors and apologized to blacks for that and other racist crimes of the past.

A black minister wept as he offered forgiveness.

"It makes me angry," said Eugene Crawford, now 81. "But I'm glad we're coming together a little bit."

Nah, this actually seems pretty cool. I think. But I'm watching y'all.

Posted by jsmooth995 at July 13, 2005 12:45 AM

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