It has become obvious that the morally sensitive of our day cannot bear even the whiff of a mere memory of something as unkind as slavery. Never mind that we are fast becoming a nation of slaves, soon to lose sovereignty over things as fundamental as our own bodies or the bodies of our children (look up what happened to Charlie Guard or Parker Jensen). We are too good to countenance the very real, very necessary role that involuntary servitude has played throughout human existence. We are just too wise, too compassionate and too fair-minded for all of that. The problem is, there is something way more important than being good: it's being RIGHT.
"Right" is the root of the word "righteous," and you'll notice that it is used in conjunction with the followers of God way more often than the word "good." We've all heard the phrase "good, better, best." I would argue that it's just another way of saying "good, better, right." Good is a great start but it's nowhere near a fullness. Right is a LOT HARDER both to understand and to do, without the help of God. And that is where we are at as a nation, I have observed. We are doing pretty much everything we do without the aid or blessing of God.
Without God, we can't even clearly see the stuff that's right in front of us let alone what's hidden from the world - things like the truth of our pre-existent life, where we resided with and were known by God as well as the unique potential of each individual along with the path each is going to need to walk to get there.
I wasn't there in 18th century America, but I trust in the workings of the Spirit upon folks like George Washington, who had a growing desire to see slavery gradually become obsolete in this land. This also happened to be the desire of Joseph Smith -- an almost imperceptible phasing out of the practice with compensation of the slaveholders through the sale of public lands. This is a far cry from the "sin be upon thee!" attitude we think should be the case, today.
The fact is that even slavery can work toward someone's long-term good. To be a slave is not the worst thing that can happen to a person (in this life). Both Jesus and the Apostle Paul had good counsel for those in bondage. Anciently, the children of Israel took slaves (at the Lord's command!) and, in their turn were permitted to fall into bondage when they left their true Master. What else would persuade us to return to God, like the Prodigal Son, when we realize that even the servants in God's kingdom enjoy far better fare than the servants under His adversary's jurisdiction?
The political correctness, even among LDS thought leaders (for lack of a better term), tends to blind us to eternal truths. One such truth that always gets left out of discussion is the fact that, ultimately, we are placed in lineage, location and nation at the invitation of God based on things like our covenant-keeping in the pre-earth life as well as our desires to serve. I don't believe people are so fragile that they cannot cope with those kinds of ideas. When a debt of bondage has been paid by a nation or lineage, the Lord always raises up a Moses (or a George Washington or a Martin Luther King, Jr.) and aids in their escape.
Slavery is a condition divorced of good or bad except in its masters (ie. good masters or bad ones). It can't be good or bad, only right or wrong. We are exercising a judgement on those of the past who were involved in slavery (which we have a right to do), but is it a righteous judgement? Do the individuals spitting, kicking and giving the middle finger to innate objects such as the one in the image below appear to be acting righteously?
What say ye?