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Reply to "Survey Shows Most Blacks Favor Slavery Reparations"

We're not as far removed from slavery as people (usually our people) have been misled to believe. Consider this excerpt from an article written in 2001:
    My family owned slaves in eastern North Carolina, and when, seven years ago, I happened to meet a descendent of those slaves, I felt, strangely, vexed. Miss Mattie Ebron was tiny, ancient and frail. All her life she had worked at the crab house, ironed white people's linens and tended to white people's children. Her house was dark and dank, boarded up.

    Miss Mattie was matter-of-fact about her connection to my family. In fact, she remembered my grandparents with affection. Still, there were uncomfortable truths: A century and a half after slavery, Miss Mattie and her family were poor. Many of them were in bad health. Few had managed to leave the county they'd been brought to generations earlier. Sitting in her kitchen I considered the parallel fates of our families. Could the enormous incongruities be traced back to slavery? Before I met Miss Mattie that question would have been unsettling; now, with her sitting before me, gaunt and toothless and impossibly cheerful, it seemed horrifying.
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