Jun 19 - US Senate Apologizes For Slavery

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Jun 19 - US Senate Apologizes For Slavery
 

 
At two minutes before noon on Thursday, June 18, 2009, 146 years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and 150 days after a black man took the presidential oath of office, the United States Senate, in a unanimous voice vote, apologized to African Americans for slavery and the racial discrimination during the Jim Crow era. It’s about damn time!

Introduced by Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin, and co-sponsored by 21 other senators, the resolution acknowledged that it is important “for the people of the United States, who legally recognized slavery through the Constitution and the laws of the United States, to make a formal apology for slavery and for its successor, Jim Crow, so they can move forward and seek reconciliation, justice, and harmony for all people of the United States.”

Who could disagree with that?

And so the Congress, “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.”

Apology accepted. But what’s taken so long? I know it is Constitutionally enshrined that the Senate is to act slowly, deliberately; that it is to be neither impetuous nor impulsive, but even by the most extreme standards, this was a ridiculously long deliberation -- 150 years is a longtime.

Of course, everyone would grant that an earlier apology without the hard work that has been done to end discrimination and racial injustice would have been a particularly empty gesture. So on this one, as with most things, actual hard work and progress counts more than just words. At least with Barack Obama in the White House, there is an argument to be made that the apology is sincere. One of the reasons for the delay was the complicated and complicating idea of reparations for slavery. Some have worried that the existence of an official apology would only strengthen the case for reparations; time, it seems, has just diminished those concerns.

Still the Senate was careful to address some of those concerns. The Senate resolution differs from the one passed by the House last summer, in that it includes a disclaimer that reads: “Nothing in this resolution-- (A) authorizes or supports any claim against the United States; or (B) serves as a settlement of any claim against the United States.” So forget any reparations claims based on this particular apology.

While the apology is official, it does not have the force of law. The President does not have to sign it allowing him whatever distance he needs from the debate. But both Presidents Clinton and Bush made a point to condemn the legacy of slavery with President Bush describing it as “one of the great crimes of history.”

Comments from the floor were predictably moving and contrite. Kansas Republican Sen. Sam Brownback said that with the resolution, the Senate was, on behalf of the American people, not just saying sorry, but also asking for forgiveness.

Harkin noted the historic quality of the moment: “The clerk just read for the first time ever in this body what we should have done a long time ago -- an apology for slavery and the Jim Crow laws which for a century after emancipation deprived millions of Americans their basic human rights, equal justice under law and equal opportunities.”

The apology notes that Africans were "were brutalized, humiliated, dehumanized and subjected to the indignity of being stripped of their names and heritage” and noted that “the system of slavery and the visceral racism against people of African descent upon which it depended became enmeshed in the social fabric of the United States.”

We know that problems remain. The resolution wisely acknowledges such: “African-Americans continue to suffer from the consequences of slavery and Jim Crow laws--long after both systems were formally abolished--through enormous damage and loss, both tangible and intangible, including the loss of human dignity and liberty.”

Shockingly late timing aside, there are passages of inescapable truth in the resolution that make it worth reading. It says, for example, that “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.”

Yes, there are still wounds to be bound, and they are not all symbolic. The recent sub-prime mortgage crisis is reminder enough, for anyone who needs reminding. But that’s another debate. Another resolution.

Apology accepted.

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 8 years ago '05        #2
Hydroman 16 heat pts16
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Just because you didn't "do it" doesn't mean you don't inherit the responsibility. That's like saying the surviving children shouldn't inherit their parents money - or bills - when they die. Sometimes you just get stuck with bulls**t.

Apologies don't mean s**t to me. It's too late for that. Put some money and some efforts to reform education in the hood if you really want to show how "sorry" you are. Otherwise you'll keep building a nation of n*ggas that think the only thing they'll ever be good at is selling dope.
 8 years ago '04        #3
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Is that a dead body in your avatar?
 8 years ago '04        #4
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 Illuminated One said:
I don't see why they would apologize for it. They weren't the ones who owned slaves. As a matter of fact, no white person alive today should feel guilty for slavery, none of them was alive during those times.
the big picture behing slavery is mental thats why most african americans is behind because of a late start in equal rights ppl couldnt vote get jobs or do anything then one day they allow it u think thats gonna help out alot? slavery is the reason why racism exists now ppl think african americans should still be slaves
 8 years ago '05        #5
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 Hydroman said:
Just because you didn't "do it" doesn't mean you don't inherit the responsibility. That's like saying the surviving children shouldn't inherit their parents money - or bills - when they die. Sometimes you just get stuck with bulls**t.

Apologies don't mean s**t to me. It's too late for that. Put some money and some efforts to reform education in the hood if you really want to show how "sorry" you are. Otherwise you'll keep building a nation of n*ggas that think the only thing they'll ever be good at is selling dope.
I, too, believe that the children, grandchildren & great grandchildren of criminals are to blame for the actions of their forefathers.

Even though they were indulging in legal acts.

And even though we're not really talking "forefathers" so much as "everyone with a similar skin tone".

Wait...:rolleyes:

An apology would be worth it if it actually changed anything. From the bitterness in the article, & in this thread, it would seem an apology means nothing. Some people don't want to be at peace, & nothing can make them want it but themselves.


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 8 years ago '07        #6
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 Illuminated One said:
That comparison made no sense. You can't blame white people for what their ancestors did. As a matter of fact, why are black people who are alive TODAY looking for apologizes for slavery? None of you were alive to experience it. I swear, black people who were slaves and who did live through segregation didn't b***h about it as much as young black people today...and young blacks today haven't been through anything.
EASY EASY wouldn't no white man ever change places wit a black man revgardless off status and thas a sign of the times. Reality is te repercussions of slavery are far reaching especially mentall and economically everything we go thru now is a direct result. if u haven't been black then u will never kno wat its like.
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 Illuminated One said:
That comparison made no sense. You can't blame white people for what their ancestors did. As a matter of fact, why are black people who are alive TODAY looking for apologizes for slavery? None of you were alive to experience it. I swear, black people who were slaves and who did live through segregation didn't b***h about it as much as young black people today...and young blacks today haven't been through anything.
even now u r reaping the benefits of hundreds of years of hardwork on a land built up by slaves in a place where their childrens childrens children are still being exploited and not given fair opportunities
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happy Juneteenth people!!
 06-19-2009, 05:26 PM         #9
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 Hydroman said:
Just because you didn't "do it" doesn't mean you don't inherit the responsibility. That's like saying the surviving children shouldn't inherit their parents money - or bills - when they die. Sometimes you just get stuck with bulls**t.

Apologies don't mean s**t to me. It's too late for that. Put some money and some efforts to reform education in the hood if you really want to show how "sorry" you are. Otherwise you'll keep building a nation of n*ggas that think the only thing they'll ever be good at is selling dope.

lol and who's fault is that?
 8 years ago '07        #10
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I think people see these entertainers and feel like thas wat its about. the jewelry the cars the hoes we have been given an advantage now and its even HELL NO they getting paid to entertain those great grandsons of slave owners...black people that can't cry on da spot or make a game winning shot or run a 4.3 40yd dash (the majority) don't have a punchers chance from inception. an apology is a good PR move but action is even better.
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 06-19-2009, 05:38 PM         #11
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 Hydroman said:
Just because you didn't "do it" doesn't mean you don't inherit the responsibility. That's like saying the surviving children shouldn't inherit their parents money - or bills - when they die. Sometimes you just get stuck with bulls**t.

Apologies don't mean s**t to me. It's too late for that. Put some money and some efforts to reform education in the hood if you really want to show how "sorry" you are. Otherwise you'll keep building a nation of n*ggas that think the only thing they'll ever be good at is selling dope.
The problem is that people like you tend to think that all white people's ancestors owned slaves and that all blacks in America come from slaves. My ancestors were white slaves in Eastern Europe, and I'm supposed to apologize for slavery because of the color of my skin? How would you feel if I asked you to apologize for gang violence in America.

And if anyone should be issuing an apology, it should be the Africans who sold their brothers into slave trade. They were already slaves before the white men bought them.
 8 years ago '04        #12
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Instead of apologizing, give us a discount on higher education since white people have a 300 year head start. Just 50 years ago we weren't allowed to go to the same schools.
 06-19-2009, 05:45 PM         #13
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 LilEscobar said:
Instead of apologizing, give us a discount on higher education since white people have a 300 year head start. Just 50 years ago we weren't allowed to go to the same schools.
how about No... how is that fair? You are given the same opportunity as everybody else in America... gtfoh lol @ White folks gettin a 300 year head start... If it wasnt for white folks you'd still be running around Africa throwing spears at Wild Boars f@gget
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never ending debate continues.....
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 mastakillah21 said:
how about No... how is that fair? You are given the same opportunity as everybody else in America... gtfoh lol @ White folks gettin a 300 year head start... If it wasnt for white folks you'd still be running around Africa throwing spears at Wild Boars f@gget
F@gget? Love the tough talk kid.
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 8 years ago '07        #17
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lol! yall crazy
 8 years ago '09        #18
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 Illuminated One said:
That comparison made no sense. You can't blame white people for what their ancestors did. As a matter of fact, why are black people who are alive TODAY looking for apologizes for slavery? None of you were alive to experience it. I swear, black people who were slaves and who did live through segregation didn't b***h about it as much as young black people today...and young blacks today haven't been through anything.

Young black people haven't been through anything?:angry12:

Are you white?

You would never understand ANYTHING about BLACK PEOPLE. End of story you will never get it. BLACK People are discriminated against because of their skin color, ALONE.

We young blacks may have not been through slavery but we have been through enough BULLs**t to make one of us slap your granddaddy, his daddy and his four founding fathers too. Again, PUT YOURSELF IN BLACK PEOPLES POSITION, Oh I am sorry you can't.

Everytime time we try to have OUR MOMENT...you know what I am not going to keep explaining to you because you won't get it...You do not know what it is to be BLACK.
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 mastakillah21 said:
how about No... how is that fair? You are given the same opportunity as everybody else in America... gtfoh lol @ White folks gettin a 300 year head start... If it wasnt for white folks you'd still be running around Africa throwing spears at Wild Boars f@gget
Look at your name title "Be Z" hmm looks like you want to be like us but yet you want to send us back?
 06-19-2009, 06:36 PM         #20
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 Illuminated One said:
I don't see why they would apologize for it. They weren't the ones who owned slaves. As a matter of fact, no white person alive today should feel guilty for slavery, none of them was alive during those times.
Slavery in the US (legal or otherwise) did not end until the 1940s.
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