I have often written about how this country has a long way to go with race relations partly because the sins of the past are still within “living memory” of people.
I heard this story this morning, which further proves my point. Can you believe there are people alive whose parents fought in the Civil War and who had met Abraham Lincoln?
“Numbers Dwindle Of Living Children Of Civil War Veterans”
Listen here: http://www.npr.org/2014/11/18/364889051/numbers-dwindle-of-living-children-of-civil-war-veterans
“Children of Civil War Veterans Still Walk Among Us, 150 Years After the War”
Read here: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/special-features/2014/11/141111-veterans-day-150-anniversary-civil-war-memories/
The last “known” children of slaves was reported to have died in 2011, which mean there are many grandchildren of slaves alive and well.
You cannot understand the present unless you understand the past, and the past always influences the future.
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III