UPDATE: JUNE 20
Senate approves resolution apologizing for slavery
The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a resolution apologizing to African-Americans for the wrongs of slavery.
The nonbinding resolution sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is similar to a House resolution adopted last year that acknowledged the wrongs of slavery but offered no reparations. The House will have to vote on the issue again because the composition of that chamber changed after last November’s elections.
The resolution was approved on a voice vote.
Because it is nonbinding, it does not have to be forwarded to the president for his signature.
Several states have passed similar resolutions, but the House resolution was the first time a branch of the federal government did so.
Harkin’s resolution “acknowledges the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery, and Jim Crow laws,” and “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.” Read More at CNN
Goodtimepolitics: Where is the slaves that the government is apologizing to? The blacks here today don’t even know what slavery really is, can not be them that the government is apologizing to, now could it? No one living today had any blacks living today as a slave now have they? So what does the blacks wants? I could say the blacks are being racist by them asking for Reparations for something that the Whites never did to them cause they were not even born back then and it was the Brits that sold blacks as slaves anyways. And just to add, the government need not apologize for me cause I have never had or owned a slave, has any other white people today owned slaves?
H. R. 40 To acknowledge the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to examine the institution of slavery, subsequently de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
(B) Whether African-Americans still suffer from the lingering effects of the matters described in paragraphs (1), (2), (3), and (4).
(C) Whether, in consideration of the Commission’s findings, any form of compensation to the descendants of African slaves is warranted.
(D) If the Commission finds that such compensation is warranted, what should be the amount of compensation, what form of compensation should be awarded, and who should be eligible for such compensation. Read More
The blacks want more free handouts I see! Look to your left and then to your right do you see anyone black or white in slavery today? How many slaves still alive is there, most these young blacks don’t know what slavery is must less effected by it! Just another way to suck money out of the now socialist government! Anyone with any good comments on this subject, or was slavery to long ago to remember.
I guess once the blacks get their money, then it will be time for me to ask for compensation from the United States Government for my GreatGreatGrandFather being locked in a Northern prison with no heat and very little food. I can still feel the pain!