Over 12 MILLION Africans and their descendants were enslaved in America from the 1500's until 1865. Some estimate the current value of this unpaid labor as 1.4 trillion in today's dollars. Such valuable property required laws to protect it, and our government institutionalized slavery for over two hundred years.
12 former presidents owned slaves, 8 while in office. All professed to be Christians.
State-organized racism in the form of lynching was the modern legacy of slavery.
Our government SANCTIONED and LEGISLATED a nation of segregation.
You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book. (Psalm 56:8)
"Instead of their shame
my people will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
they will rejoice in their inheritance;
and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs.
"For I, the LORD, love justice;
I hate robbery and iniquity.
In my faithfulness I will reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them.
Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge
that they are a people the LORD has blessed."