In Hamlet, Claudius, having murdered his brother and stolen his crown and his wife, tries to offer a half-assed prayer of repentance, but is forced to admit that he is full of crap (which is more than can be said for anything the GOP has done):
My fault is past. But, O, what form of prayer
Can serve my turn? ‘Forgive me my foul murder’?
That cannot be; since I am still possess’d
Of those effects for which I did the murder,
My crown, mine own ambition and my queen.
May one be pardon’d and retain the offence?
The only line of this the GOP likes to repeat regarding our horrendous racial history is “My fault is past”.
“It was all so long ago!” say the Cult. “The Civil War was 150 years ago!” they cry, “Let it go!”–and then cling like limpets to their “Southern Heritage” and their Confederate general statues and shriek about having their “history erased”.
Yessirree, there’s nobody like somebody who “doesn’t see color” for being exquisitely color sensitive on a highly selective basis that is always ordered toward white power, as the recent Right Wing Panic du Jour about THE LITTLE MERMAID demonstrated:
And that brings us to the rest of Claudius’ speech above. Because the reality is, in the words of that most Southern of writers, William Faulkner, that “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” As Claudius could not really repent while he was still benefiting from the murder or Hamlet’s father, so our civilization remains stuck in it sin while we keep on benefiting economically from structures of sin created over the course of centuries which still keep profiting the powerful and robbing the weak.
Take it away, Phil Vischer!: