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Thumbs up America apologises for slavery - June 19th 2009, 01:05 AM

The U.S. Senate apologized Thursday for slavery and for the segregationist Jim Crow laws, 144 years after the Civil War and 45 years after passing the Civil Rights Act.

The action came in a nonbinding resolution adopted unanimously by voice vote.

The Senate chamber was nearly empty as Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin rose to call for a measure that he said was long overdue for the descendants of 4 million blacks who were enslaved in the U.S.

"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 resolution states the congressional apology is made to African-Americans on behalf of the people of the United States for "the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors." That is followed, however, by a disclaimer that says nothing in the resolution authorizes any claim against the United States.

Kansas Republican Sam Brownback, who co-sponsored the measure, says that disclaimer was necessary to win the support of senators who feared the apology could be used by African-Americans seeking reparations.

"It was a difficult negotiation," he says. "We had to get the reparation issue right."

Last year, the House passed a similar resolution, but without the reparations disclaimer.

New York Democratic Rep. Gregory Meeks, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, says he isn't sure he supports the Senate's reparations disclaimer.

"If it ... can be construed to mean that ... it rules out [reparations], then that's a problem," Meeks says.

Tennessee Democrat Steve Cohen, who sponsored last year's House resolution, says he hopes the House passes the Senate's apology soon, but he wants it done by voice vote.

"This should be a congenial, kumbaya moment," he says. "A roll call could expose some fissures in what should be a cohesive spirit of apology and rectitude and more perfect union."

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So way to go America, for just now apologising, I'm not going with the better late than never quote for this, it should have been done a long time ago.

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Re: America apologises for slavery - June 19th 2009, 01:25 AM

Wow guys, you're just a weeee bit behind. Kudos to the American nation. </sarcasm>
   
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Re: America apologises for slavery - June 19th 2009, 02:17 AM

That's what I'm saying.
   
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Re: America apologises for slavery - June 19th 2009, 03:31 AM

Well, better late than never I suppose...


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Re: America apologises for slavery - June 19th 2009, 04:21 AM

Shouldn't it be a 'given' that the nation is sorry for those things? Not to mention I'm pretty sure (but not positive) that the nation has done this before. Therefor aren't there more pressing needs that the congress should be focusing on?
   
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Re: America apologises for slavery - June 19th 2009, 04:30 AM

To bad the slaves at that time couldn't get the apologises. And yes it is a little to late.. But that's the senate for you.!


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Re: America apologises for slavery - June 19th 2009, 04:46 AM

this kind of stuff has been happening a lot throughout the years. A bunch of companies have paid reparations to the NAACP and others because they were involved in the slave trade 200 years ago. Same thing with jews and the holocaust. Unfortunately, if no ones around to remind them, its like it never happened, thats way it can take so long sometimes


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Re: America apologises for slavery - June 19th 2009, 04:49 AM

How many times has this been done? They've been apologized to over and over, such as each time slavery was made illegal in certain areas. Yes they were slaves but they've been apologized to endlessly, it's not like this is the one and only apology they're getting. But go ahead America, apologize for what probably is the billionth time.

If they want slavery to be forgotten about, then why keep bringing it up over and over again? "We're sorry we made you miserable slaves, or at least our ancestors did" - "Thank you!!!" (1 year later) "We're sorry our ancestors made you slaves" - "Thank you!!!".
   
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Re: America apologises for slavery - June 19th 2009, 11:03 AM

They say this have apologised before however, they didn't have the disclaimer, which supposedly makes all the difference.

I'm curious as to how many Americans whose ancestors were involved in slavery are really effected by this apology, like reallly how many people here in America today, have a grudge against the country because of slavery?
   
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