There has been much said to acknowledge the arrival of the first slaves at Old Point Comfort, Virginia, and that this introduced an immoral period in our country’s history.

As a result, there has been a concerted effort to pay reparations as a means to eradicate this injustice. Does anyone think they are free from being associated with slavery? Research will show that many of the Africans brought to our shores and sold into slavery came from tribes that had slaves of their own.

By the same token, does anyone believe that the ancient Romans, Greeks, Asians, any of the European nations or even our own Native American tribes did not embrace slavery? Have we forgotten the slave-like treatment of the Chinese and Irish who were brought to America for construction of the trans-continental railroads? Do we owe them reparations as well? Unfortunately, and regrettably, slavery was essentially a worldwide institution during a significant period of civilization’s growth.

Now, as a nation and as a people, we are committed to inclusion of all races. Maybe we should stop worrying about the past and start to focus on how much better mankind is now.

Robert Franklin, Lakeland