Abolishing national wrongs


What a pleasure to read Neil Snarr’s report on Wilmington’s anti-slavery newspaper (1851-1855)! Pleasant indeed it is to know that this town was host a century-and-a-half ago to an effort to abolish a national wrong. Slavery, as we all know now, ought not to have been regarded as a “matter of choice” as if kidnapping and trading people were not patent evils. And yet, how unclear is the evil of another “matters of choice” in our own time. I have in mind the simple fact of those children residing in temporary captivity in the wombs of their mothers. Blindness seems to fall upon the minds and hearts of all generations even as they maintain a perspicacity for sins of the past.

Michael Bray

Wilmington