Congress Apologizes For Slavery!

I think that it’s about time that African-Americans received an apology for the destruction of their history,culture,& familial bonds.

I commend everyone who was involved in sponsoring the resolution that led to the House apologizing for slavery in America!

Here’s more from cq politics:

“The Senate adopted a resolution Thursday offering a formal apology for slavery and the era of “separate but equal” Jim Crow laws that followed.

After the clerk finished reading the resolution (S Con Res 26) in full, Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin, the measure’s sponsor, noted that Congress has never before issued a formal apology for slavery.

“It’s long past due. A national apology by the representative body of the people is a necessary collective response to a past collective injustice,” Harkin said. “So it is both appropriate and imperative that Congress fulfill its moral obligation and officially apologize for slavery and Jim Crow laws.”

The Senate action comes more than 40 years after the Civil Rights Act was passed, 146 years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and in the same year Barack Obama was sworn in as the first African-American president.

The non-binding resolution, which does not have the force of law, includes a disclaimer stating that the measure does not authorize or support reparations for the descendants of African slaves brought to the United States before the Civil War.

The inclusion of the disclaimer in the Senate resolution has drawn sharp criticism from members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Soon after the Senate approved the measure on a voice vote, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said the disclaimer is “unnecessary language.”

“If that is what it says, I don’t support it,” Waters said.

House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., has for years made little headway with his proposals for the federal government to consider some form of reparations.

But Rep. Artur Davis, D-Ala., who is trying to become the first black governor of his Deep South state, said he was glad about the Senate action, and added that the Congress is overdue in apologizing for slavery.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

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