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LETTER OF THE DAY - Move on from past style

Published:Friday | June 29, 2012 | 12:00 AM


The thinking behind Nzingha Assata's Letter of the Day published in The Gleaner of Monday, June 25, 2012, titled 'We will not be silenced', is the thinking of about 50-100 years ago. No one who wants to get on with his or her life uses that approach anymore.

Today, we are using the positives of the evils of slavery to our advantage. Slaves made the ultimate sacrifices. The descendants of slaves are capitalising on the opportunities we inherited from our colonial masters to build our nations.

Ms Assata has to understand that the descendants of slaves and the descendants of slave masters are now living in peace and working towards keeping it that way.

Some of our best friends are blacks and whites. We are intermarrying, we are teaching each other, working for each other, helping each other, caring for each other, etc.

The evils of slavery should remain in the history books. Let's just read about it, make movies about it, but for heaven's sake, stop preaching it. Little children, black and white, are growing up loving each other. Why change that?

Martin Luther King said: "I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood."

We are working towards making Martin Luther King's dream become a reality. Ms Assata, if we were to do it your way, it would never happen

Ms Assata, whites were enslaving whites long before they started enslaving blacks. Today, white people are killing white people in several parts of the world, and black people are killing black people, too. We seem to want to use any reason to wage war.

Our children should not be brainwashed to live in the past. The fewer people of your belief, whether black or white, the better the world would be for the young to grow up in peace.