Lawmakers Push for Apology; U.S. role in Slavery….

In LIFESTYLE on July 25, 2008 at UTC.18.31.

The New Jersey Assembly Committee on Appropriations approved a resolution Jan. 3 to express an apology for the state’s role in slavery. State Assemblymen William Payne, D-Essex,  Chairman of People’s Organization for Progress Lawrence Hamm,  Assemblymen Craig Stanley, and Jersey City deputy mayor Kabili Tayari were among those present at this historical event. ”

Clegg says that an apology serves “no legitimate purpose since the villains and victims are long since deceased” and that such an action could instead be divisive and “keep racial wounds alive.”

I disagree with this line of rationale. If I wrong you then I owe you the acknowledgement, atonement and respect that asking forgiveness requires. You’re not going to change the fact, however, you show ‘good faith’ with the acknowlegement.

Five states did something over the past 12 months that no state had done before: expressed regret or apologized for slavery.
This year, Congress, which meets in a Capitol built partly by slaves, will consider issuing its own apology.”

“We’ve seen states step forward on this,” says Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, citing the resolutions of Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Alabama and New Jersey. “I’m really shocked, just shocked” that the federal government hasn’t apologized. “It’s time to do so.”

Moreover, people need to realize that just because you weren’t present doesn’t make you exempt. All Americans have benefitted from slavery. The rise of the Industrialization, Information Age etc. all have their root in slavery.

These individuals were ‘human cargo’ and were forced labor for today’s multi-national corporations. For Example, Ethan Allen (furniture Store), Sears & Roebuck had mail order catalogs with “enslaved africans” ; and CSX RailRoad Company. These are just a few that I know from research. There are plenty more.

There is no STATUE OF LIMITATIONS on apologies or making wrongs right. The real story is this country is afraid to admit her role because she fears the retribution and or reparation that may come along with it. She (USA) has 1 foot on the plantation and the other foot on the records that proves her diabolical role in the ‘peculiar institution.’ What do you

An apology is counterproductive, Clegg says. “It taps into white guilt and helps perpetuate social programs the civil rights establishment likes, such as racial preferences and ultimately reparations,” he says.

Isn’t that the point to undue past transgressions by “leveling the playing field? Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t the first time teh U.S.A. has apologized for past misdeeds.

“It apologized to Japanese-Americans in 1988 for holding them in camps during World War II and gave each survivor $20,000. In 1993, Congress apologized to native Hawaiians for the overthrow of their kingdom a century earlier. In 2005, the Senate apologized for not enacting anti-lynching legislation.

“The Senate has no record of any prior effort to apologize for slavery. In the House of Representatives, Tony Hall, an Ohio Democrat, proposed one in 1997 and Rep. John Conyers, D- Mich., has tried since 1989 to pass a bill that would create a commission to study slavery’s impact and possible remedies, including reparations and cash payments.”

So, why is it so “controversial for African-Americans to collect reparations? Is there not enough proof? John Hope Franklin, a reknown historian under the Clinton or Bush Administration (I forget now) did a study on connections to blacks and their past forced servitude. Surely, this study and others like it can be explored to find a solution.

Apologies are controversial because they could lead to reparations.”

“They “carry weight” as a step toward racial healing and don’t have to “open the door” to reparations, says Carol Swain, professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University.”

So, that’s what they’re ultimately afraid of? Retribution, revenge and the guilt!

“We’re just apologizing; You can’t undo the past, but you can recognize a wrong was done.”

This is a start, but these proponents must be vigilante in spreading this sentiment amongst their colleagues,  family and friends. racism and the effects therein, must be solved by the perpetuators of the crime: white People. Like it or not it’s your legacy and responsibility to restore humanity to those

disenfranchised by its vices.



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