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To: Florida State Representative Kimberly Daniels
Florida State Rep. Kimberly Daniels Needs to Apologize
Florida Representative Kimberly Daniels needs to publicly apologize to her ancestors, the African diaspora, and continental Africans for her disrespectful remarks thanking God for slavery. Kimberly Daniels, while addressing a church congregation, said "I thank God for slavery. I thank God for the crack house; if it wasn't for the crack house...God would've never been able to use me how he can use me now. And if it wasn't for slavery, I might be somewhere in Africa worshiping a tree". Needless to say, self-hatred manifests itself in many ways.
Why is this important?
Kimberly Daniels dishonored her ancestors when thanking God for slavery. They suffered unspeakable and inhumane racial terrorism at the hands of European slave traders, the effects of which continue to haunt our lives today. Through our forced participation in the transatlantic slave trade, African Americans played a crucial role in America's emergence as an economic world power. While it is imperative that we take pride in having survived such historical atrocities, thanking God for slavery is a major step in the wrong direction; one we simply cannot accept from anyone. Kimberly Daniels' reckless choice of words portray a blatant lack of knowledge of traditional African spiritual practices, and disregard for the experiences of our ancestors. As African American descendants of slavery, and global peoples of African descent who are proud of our heritage, we cannot stand by and allow such irresponsible sentiment from our own people.
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