White People Sorry for Slavery

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So today, the US Senate passed a non-binding resolution condemning the horrors of slavery. From CNN:

“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.

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.”

Some members of the African-American community have called on lawmakers to give cash payments or other financial benefits to descendants of slaves as compensation for the suffering caused by slavery [apparently to no avail].”

No shit.

Becoming a cyclical movement, as the spring turns to summer, the world’s governments begin to apologize to those they did wrong over the past centuries.

It is also telling that the Senate did not even seriously take up the issue of reparations (the hands of slaves built their capitol). In the new administrations effort to “move forward” we often forget about the past. History is a strong tool, but in the hands of powerful men, it is used to “apologize” for the sins of their fathers, while continuing to commit sins their sons will demand apologies for down the road.

As long as we have a habitable planet, we’ll always be sorry for something. We’ll always have someone to apologize for what humanity once did. We’ll always have our beckons for the future. As I wrote before, let us stop doing things we will have to apologize for in the future – to save our kids the trouble.


~ by Daniel on June 18, 2009.

One Response to “White People Sorry for Slavery”

  1. What does this mean: “non-binding resolution condemning the horrors of slavery”? So does non-binding mean that the government agrees that there was some wrong-doing but does not want to be held responsible? What kind of bullshit apology is that?

    I just don’t get it. These people were brought to this country against their will and were raped, tortured and killed. Treated like animals, they lost their families, native languages, cultures and identities; and still the government has yet to offer any kind of substantial apology?

    If the government has enough money to kill people in the Middle East, why isn’t there enough money to go toward reparations? I don’t get it.

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