Saturday, June 20, 2009

Dear Black People, Sorry!

On Thursday, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution yesterday apologizing for slavery, making way for a joint congressional resolution and the latest attempt by the federal government to take responsibility for 2 1/2 centuries of slavery. Now, while I'm happy that the vote was unanimous as a collective apology is appropriate for a collective injustice, this really should have been done at least 100 years ago. Our federal government has always been very presumptuous in their attempts to vindicate themselves of past wrongdoings. Offering an apology in a legislative document is much like granting Native Americans the right to build casinos after centuries of rape and pillage; a perfunctory effort at best. What's more? The legislation explicitly states that it cannot be used in reparations cases, so no cashing out black people!

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