As an advancing African-American, and as a descendant of African slaves, I hereby absolve all white persons of responsibility for the conditions of African-Americans today. Individually and collectively, they are hereby released from the mantles of blame, shame, and guilt.

From this day forward, they may proceed with they lives - unaffected by the ravings of African-American underachievers, African-American self-defeatists, and their agents. Intimidation and harassment will no longer be their penalty for the transgressions of generations past.

No longer must they apologize for their whiteness.

You are hereby free to live your lives, rear your children, pursue your happiness, and attain your fullest potential. You need no longer serve as scapegoat for those who refuse to build on the efforts of their African-American forbears.

No longer should you feel moral culpability at the circumstances of poor and stymied African-Americans.

They too are free to live their lives, rear their children, pursue their happiness, and attain their fullest potential.

Let’s hope these other African-American descendants of African slaves will do so.

After all, with doors of opportunity wide open, you can’t stop us anymore. Only we can stop us.

Dr. James Davison, Jr. is an African-American licensed psychologist and university professor. He conducts a private practice in Seattle, Washington, and has appeared on several nationally-aired programs including The Phil Donahue Show, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and C-SPAN. Dr. Davison hails from Philadelphia, and is the author of several books - Prisoners Of Our Past and Sweet Release - related to individuality and personal freedom for African-Americans.