"Just Visiting" is a little imagination game I made up,
And for my visitor from the past I chose to drop behind my eyes a white man of wealth, privilege and property from the American South two hundred years ago.
"What do you think of the future?" I asked the bewildered visitor in my head. "It's called holding these truths to be self-evident that all men and women are created equal. True, we don't have it down pat in this country, not nearly, not yet. But we're working on it. Because what you see, this is the way we Americans like it. Most of us.
"Oh, and by the way, you and your fellow plantation-owning slavers are now among the ugliest villains of history and we still blame you for a number of social and economic problems our country suffers two hundred years later.
"So if you want to free yourself and your descendants of the stigma and stench you will bear for all time, go home, free your slaves and then darn it, PAY someone to do the work from which you reap your wealth!"
Then I sent my visitor back home and wondered if he would have heeded my warning.