A friend and conversation partner of mine from Union put up a post on the God’s Politics blog, reflecting on the recent House of Representatives apology for slavery, titled “Will an Apology for Slavery Lead to Real Repentance?” Some of the comments… can be pretty uninformed and/or inane, however, I do recommend reading Ben’s article. It ends with:
I affirm the need to forgive. However, in this situation it is even more vital to remember the meaning of repentance. The Greek word for repent is “metanoia” and it means to change one’s mind or purpose. The U.S. government, regardless of any apology, cannot be properly forgiven because it has not undergone a sincere “metanoia.” For this apology to yield any meaningful sincerity, it must be reinforced by real, concrete action. A great starting point would be to cease building prisons in lieu of quality schools. This would contribute not only to the reconstruction of black families, but all poor families ravaged by our corrupt legal system. Sadly, this act of sincere repentance (and it is only one of many possibilities) will probably not happen, mainly because of a nagging feeling I had when I first heard of the apology. I had this strange feeling that the apology came with the House members sitting down, so as to protect their wallets. Real American repentance for racism is going to cost us, not just sentiment but also money, and a lot of it. That said, now let’s see how sincerely repentant our government is.
Sounds about right.
Oh, and those of you who are going to say something of the sort, “I’m white but not responsible,” please look up the definition of “White Privilege” and “complicity” before you comment.