“We already forgive him for what he’s done, and there’s nothing but love from our side of the family.” Change the words slightly and they become a common refrain heard by many across the nation in the aftermath of white on black crime.
“Yet, the almost reflexive demand of forgiveness, especially for those dealing with death by racism, is about protecting whiteness, and America as a whole. This is yet another burden for black America.”
The capacity to forgive is an essential part of an examined life. However, enshrining universal forgiveness as a panacea, a requirement or the only moral choice, is rigid, simplistic and even pernicious. Yet that is exactly what we have done. Today we demonize not forgiving as much as we idealize forgiving.
Sometimes it’s healthier not to forgive. Stop Forgiving. Never Forget. Fight the power.
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