This is the first time in our nation’s history the U.S. federal government has apologized for slavery and the effects of a De Facto law called: Jim Crow. Many people are under the mistaken notion that since slavery was abolished in 1808 in Britain, and in 1863 for the U.S.; that somehow there isn’t a need for restitution for America’s former “forced laborers!”

“In passing the resolution, the House also acknowledged the “injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow.”

Why would the U.S. wait until, damn near Judgement Day to offer its deepest sympathies and condolences for past crimes committed against  humanity. Enslaved Africans are our nation’s true burden bearers of this newest republic in the West. In fact, enslaved Africans built the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. Could that be one reason for this sudden crisis of conscience American politicians are having?

I’d prefer to think of this as political expediency for a growing surge of a changing demographic on the political landscape. Let’s call it the Obama Effect. We must acknowledge that certain isssues have recieved new life since the charismatic Senator from Illinois has hit, not just, the National stage, but the Intenational one as well.

For example, when Obama came to St. Peterburgh, Florida this past week, someone asked him why he doesn’t support Reparations. Basically, his stance was that while he agrees there are tremendous gaps in achievement, social mobility, education, jobs, health, class and gender; he didn’t think every victim of oppression should be given financial compensation. His retort to the “heckler” who persisted to insist Obama change his policy stance was: You should RUN 4 office!!

The ranking official on the House Judiciary Committee is John Conyers (D) Michigan. He’s had a House bill on the books for over 20 years and can’t even get a motion to have it heard. Now, Obama bursts on the scene and miraculously former slavemasters (their descendants) want to apologize for an atrocity of perpetual proportions that has lingering effects that most white people fail to give credence to.

The Obama effect {O.E.} can open some eyes to histories ill-treatment. The O.E. will thrust new discourse on “hot-topics” swept under the rug due to fear of vengeance. The O.E. no matter if he wins or loses will surely be felt for years to come. The hopes & dreams of an entire generation depend bama effect taking root into the collective-conscience of all Americans. Then the slow wheels of CHANGE can & will begin to move.

Only a fool would think that a simple apology would do much to improve race relations, however when dealing with it from a psychological perspective we see that an entire governing body within the federal government has “acknowledged” collusion of a crime, a wrong was committed. Moreover, with the advent of repressive & oppressive domestic policies (i.e Poll Taxes) many of the vestiges of Jim Crow still persist to this day.

Historically speaking, “Jim Crow,” or Jim Crow laws, were state and local laws enacted mostly in the Southern and border states of the United States between the 1870s and 1965, when African-Americans were denied the right to vote and other civil liberties were legally segregated from whites.”

This is also the same time period “Lynching” of men, women and children eclipsed 6,000 people from African descent. {see: Ida B. Wells for proof}. A travesty of widespread far-reaching proportions as white mobs or gangs would inflict vigilante justice on defenseless citizens whom were intimidated, harassed, brutalized, castrated, raped, maimed and persecuted with impunity!!!

This is the IGNOBLE past of the American landscape that hasn’t changed mush despite the Obama effect. Although, with his candidacy a vacuum has been created and now these issues have a forum, legitimacy and much needed attention from the American people.

“African-Americans continue to suffer from the consequences of slavery and Jim Crow — long after both systems were formally abolished — through enormous damage and loss, both tangible and intangible, including the loss of human dignity and liberty, the frustration of careers and professional lives, and the long-term loss of income and opportunity,” the resolution states.

African-American leadership has been suggesting this since “some” of our ancestors came to the shores of North America in the hulls of ships chained & packaged like sardines in a can and treated like CHATTEL {animals}! From Henry Highland Garnett, founder of African Methodist Episcopal {A.M.E.} Church to Sojourner Truth, feminist, speaker and activist are just two champions that spoke to the injustices afflicted by America to her 2nd class citizens

Don’t be fooled  into thinking this dissenting voice only came from American blacks. Indeed, Frantz Fanon, cultural critic, writer & activist from Martinque along with Leopold Senghor from Senegal, W.E.B. DuBois from the U.S. and Heads of State from around the African diaspora embraced the concept of “Negritude; the Black Consciousness Movement; and the Pan-African Congress.” Negritude and the other concepts spoke to the essence of blackness in a philosophical, cultural, artistic and empowering way something that hadn’t been done on a worldwide scale, except for Marcus Garvey’s: Universal Negro Improvemment Association {UNIA}. These are the precursors to the Civil Rights Movements, Black Power Struggle and Afrocentric paradigms.

Isn’t is indicative of negligent & acquiescent leadership that most of our most progressive movements on a massive scale haven’t taken place in almost 50-100 years. What does that suggest? Is this why people hold so much faith in the Democartic presumtive nominee?

On the other hand, this isn’t the first time  the government has offered an apology to an ethnicity.

“In April, the Senate passed a resolution sponsored by Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, that apologized to Native Americans for “the many instances of violence, maltreatment and neglect.” (READ: GENOCIDE)

“In 1993 the Senate also passed a resolution apologizing for the “illegal overthrow” of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1893.” (read: regime change)

“In 1988, Congress passed and President Reagan signed an act apologizing to the 120,000 Japanese-Americans who were held in detention camps during World War II. The 60,000 detainees who were alive at the time each received $20,000 from the government.” [read: ghetto/projects].

  1. I’m white and am so tired of white people telling black people to just get over it…it’s sick! Slavery was horrible and I think the government owes African Americans money to build new schools and become business owners. I mean what are white people afraid of? Acknowleding that blacks are people too? Thanks for your blog!

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