16 Jun 2005 Regarding Lynching: We Are Today Victims No More
The press release quotes Project 21 member Lisa Fritsch:
“I am all for the gracious acceptance of an apology that is due, or for apologizing when I am wrong. But just like giving credit where it is due, an apology only carries weight when it has meaning. And, in the case of the recent apology by Senator Mary Landrieu [D-LA] and her regretful cohorts on Capitol Hill, this apology doesn’t amount to a hill of beans – at least not today.”The lynchings of the past, while a sad place in history to recount, is exactly that – history. The best way to avenge this shameful history and make it relevant to us today is not to wallow in the apologies and regrets offered by senators who couldn’t be in any way responsible for what occurred, but to supply our own closure by forgiving those who trespassed against us and moving on.
“History will offer all of us – every race, every nationality, group or peoples – some regrettable offense and transgression. From these traumas, we must heal if we are to move on. The best healing of these wounds lies in the power of our own spirit through our ability to forgive that which we cannot change. In this forgiveness, we can vow to change our future fate by not being the victim reborn of our past. With our opportunities today, we have the chance to avenge the past by making productive and fertile choices for an advanced and progressive future. In forgiving, we possess the power of a crusader. In seeking out apology from any place, however, we keep the posture of the victim. Instead, we can appreciate this truth: that while we may be born of victims, we are today victims no more.”