WASHINGTON – The House on Tuesday issued an unprecedented apology to black Americans for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow segregation laws.
“Today represents a milestone in our nation’s efforts to remedy the ills of our past,” said Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, D-Mich., chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
The resolution, passed by voice vote, was the work of Tennessee Democrat Steve Cohen, the only white lawmaker to represent a majority black district. Cohen faces a formidable black challenger in a primary face-off next week.
Congress has issued apologies before — to Japanese-Americans for their internment during World War II and to native Hawaiians for the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom in 1893. In 2005, the Senate apologized for failing to pass anti-lynching laws.
Five states have issued apologies for slavery, but past proposals in Congress have stalled, partly over concerns that an apology would lead to demands for reparations — payment for damages.
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House apologizes for slavery
I say this in ALL sincerity, I hope ALL the recently freed slaves feel a lot better about their freedom now.
Wait, what?? An apology?? For slavery? For something that this nation had the good sense to abolished in 1863??
President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” SOURCE
I know there are some out there that are getting a *warm and fuzzy* from this one, but I, for one, see no reason, I mean NONE, that ANY apology should have been issued for something that this nation abolished 145 years ago.
I see no need to apologize for something that my ancestors may have done, it’s a hollow gesture at most, and likely will lead the empowerment crowd to go ahead and seek the reparations they feel they so richly deserve, for something they have NEVER known, only something they have read about.
This is a total waste of time and effort by our Congress, and only serves to show once again that we are not ruled by common sense, but by political correctness.