Aqil said:
By Amy Wold

Reconcilliation between slave-trading Africans and the descendants of slaves is the first step to healing old wounds and opening economic development, the U. S. Ambassador from the African country of Benin told an audience Friday at Southern University.

Benin Ambassador Cyrille Oguin made Baton Rouge the first stop on a tour of several cities in the United States to formally apologize for his country's role in the slave trade that brought Africans to the Americas. "The president of Benin, the people of Benin have asked me to come here and apologize for the government, for the Benin people and for Africa for what we all know happened," Oguin said. "Where our parents were involved in this awful, this terrible, trade."

Oguin said asking for forgiveness - and receiving it - is the first step in reconnecting with "brothers and sisters" who were hurt by slavery. "Today, no one wants to take responsibility," Oguin said. "It's so easy to say white man did it to us, but we share in the responsibility."

The area now known as Benin on the West African coast was a hub of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The profits were an incentive for African communities to raid each other to kidnap people and sell them to Europeans as slaves.

Oguin said Benin President Mattieu Ke're'kou has made reconciliation a priority. "He knows the damage on our side that came from slaver," Oguin said. "He knows how this robbed our own society at home, how it turned us against each other."


I keep saying Africans should get down on their knees and BEG for forgiveness
then things will get better for us.
pdiane said:
Why do you keep defending Arabs, when they don't even defend themselves. Why don't you get one of your arab brothers to read these posts and defend his own people. All around this forum you defend arabs like they love you. Stop making yourself tired trying to defend these people. Most of us ain't trying to here it. Maybe you need to create a "Defend Arab Website". or better yet, maybe they need create one. How about that? :teach:

Sister Pdiane,

It revolves around perspective and the religious inclination/justification that gives it validity. For Brother Abdurratln, Islam is the highest sublime truth to arrive to man and consequently, all other beliefs fall below or short of Islam's foresight and grandeur. At times, in order to argue this "fact", one is placed in a predicament where they may appear to defend the group most associated with a particular theology. The same is for those individuals that espouse a Christian or Judaic philosophy. What further compounds the issue regarding "Arabs" is the complexity of the term. At any given moment, depending on the context, "Arab" can mean an ethnic group, speakers of the language, or cultural affiliation. Coupled this with the uncertainty of the actual racial makeup of "Arabs", the task to decipher and decode can become challenging.



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