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February 18, 2013

It was not lost on those who gathered Friday evening in the basement of West Virginia Independence Hall to gauge interest in a Wheeling production of a play about slavery, civil rights and West......

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Hefner

Feb-18-13 12:23 PM

Enough with the slavery pouting. Is there one slave still alive today,and if so would someone apologize,and if there is one slave owner still alive today would someone please smack him or her.

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Wheeldog

Feb-18-13 1:40 PM

Slavery is part of our history as a nation - and as a people. The fact that it is no longer legal does not mean we should push it into the closet, anymore than we should ignore our history that involved the Revolution, Native Americans, WWI, WWII, etc. Remember, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.

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Hefner

Feb-18-13 3:01 PM

A valid point wheeldog but your other examples of what should be taught isn't being taught. Abortion,homosexuality,gay marriage, entitlements,and just about anything that is non-Christian, and un-American is what is being taught. Our country has spent a fortune righting the wrongs of slavery, and to what end. Did you know that freed ****** and Indians kept slaves?

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Hefner

Feb-18-13 3:04 PM

See how far we have gone. This newspaper censors the correct identification of a dark skinned person of African origin.

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Wheeldog

Feb-18-13 4:44 PM

"Did you know that freed ****** and Indians kept slaves?" Hefner.

Yes, I did. Various forms of slavery existed several aboriginal cultures and even among freed African Americans. That, of course, did not excuse it. I do not consider slavery and other racial injustices as a "white" or ethic crime. It is a crime against humanity regardless of who willingly participates. I do not feel any sense of personal responsibility for crimes committed throughout history, but I do believe we all have a responsibility to learn about our history and to use that knowledge to prevent future injustices.

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impact

Feb-19-13 9:56 AM

"Abortion, homosexuality, gay marraige, entitlements...is what is being taught." Dumba&&! That staement makes absolutely no sense. But, consider the source.

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impact

Feb-19-13 9:57 AM

You can't "right the wrongs of slavery."

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richardwhee

Feb-19-13 12:50 PM

Let them die -- Slavery and the Holacaust, It's over and done with. Stop feeling sorry for our ancestors.

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rover1958

Feb-19-13 7:09 PM

Real history is not actually a story of 'giants' who sought freedom and justice for all. It's the usual tale of political and economic interest to the controlling upper class. Virginia was the large and key state of the Union (Mother of Presidents) stretching from the ocean to the Nation Road terminus at Wheeling providing access to the wild west (Ohio and beyond). Virginia's second largest city, the great river port at Wheeling was the Western center. But alas, it was a frontier and coarse, rude village of hicks looked very much down upon by the landed planters of Eastern Virginia. Plus, those Eastern dandies alway won in politics using their 3/5 of extra votes for each of their slaves. So....canals, roads, rails, and assorted state facilities and functions never made over to the Western part of the state. Thus, unelected but self-appointed 'leaders' seized on the 'troubles' of those times and offered Lincoln an offer he couldn't refuse. They would keep Virginia in the Union..

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rover1958

Feb-19-13 7:14 PM

(continued from below) and how would they keep Virginia in the Union? Why they would appoint themselves as 'Restored Virginia' and sit in the Federal Congress as such. Even Lincoln confided 'this likely won't fly in the Supreme Court but hey, I'll support it if these rubes put a clause in their proposed 'state constitution' saying they will EVENTUALLY support 'emancipation'. DONE DEAL! And the rest is history. Forget the 'noble' side of this...it was all to gain political power in the West. Result is a state that remains rural, poor, uneducated and unhealthy due to exploitation of the land and it's people from colonial times until present.

Want a 'play' that shows that? I don't think so..

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bloomin

Feb-20-13 1:02 AM

Wheeldog-I agree that just because a time has passed does not mean that we should ignore its existance. It takes decades and many generations to rid of the effects. Slavery was a racial crime. Oh, unless you want to call the wives of white men slaves. There was a time when the term "rule of thumb" was term used to determine the size of the marks left on a battered woman, no larger than the width of the thumb was within the law. Each of us have our own history, it is visible in our familys attitude and behavior. (wealthy grandparents, abused, slaves, etc.) Even in mental health therapy, history plays a huge role in a persons life theme. Even if we are not directly responsible, we do have a responsibility for our ancestors. Not meant to instill guilt. Our responsibility is to learn, admit, understand, examine, and ensure we do not repeat bad attitudes to pass on to the next generation.

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bloomin

Feb-20-13 1:05 AM

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE LEARN HUMILITY, WHICH SAYS THERE WAS SOMEONE BEFORE ME WHO PAID FOR ME. MY RESPONSIBILITY IS TO PREPARE MYSELF SO THAT I CAN PAY FOR SOMENE ELSE WHO IS YET TO COME. MAYA ANGELOU

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DisplacedWVian

Feb-21-13 5:58 AM

We get it already. White man is EVIL, Black man is good and noble.

Racial relations will NEVER improve unless and until we stop running everything through the racial prism.

Slavery in America was abolished almost 150 years ago. Don't you think it's time to move on???

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