A recommendation: Senate’s apology for slavery


The U.S. Senate will debated a resolution, Senate Concurrent Resolution 26, apologizing for slavery and “Jim Crow” today

The resolution reads that the Senate…

Acknowledges the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow laws;

Apologizes to African-Americans on behalf of the people of the United States, for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow laws; and

Expresses its recommitment to the principle that all people are created equal and endowed with inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and calls on all people of the United States to work toward eliminating racial prejudices, injustices and discrimination from our society.

A better ending would be something that, oh, I don’t know, extends upon the that “principle that all people are created equal” thing they just talked about.

My recommended language: “…calls on all people the United State to work toward eliminating from our society the prejudices, injustices and discrimination against all people where ever and however it appears.”

Oh well… I guess the queers will get an apology of some sort in 2150 (that is, if we are even treated as full citizens by then).


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4 Responses to “A recommendation: Senate’s apology for slavery”
  1. sickntired says:

    no news, this is why slavery issues will never rest, get over it, we are not the only nation or people who enslave other people, get over and more on…

  2. Rebecca says:

    Whereas an apology for centuries of brutal dehumanization and injustices cannot erase the past, but confession of the wrongs committed and a formal apology to African-Americans will help bind the wounds of the Nation that are rooted in slavery and can speed racial healing and reconciliation and help the people of the United States understand the past and honor the history of all people of the United States;
    I guess it is a start……
    And sickandtired, we can just get over how we are treated too I mean other countries behead gays, at least we don’t do that here, so lets just get over it, pack up and go home while we are at it.

  3. sickntired says:

    It is sicken that you but us in the same group and slaves.. Please,,, thought we can’t get marry doesn’t mean we are citizens…

  4. James says:

    It’s hard to move on, Sickntired, when the nation never apologized for what happened and the burden of that history is all around us today.

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