U.S. House Says “We’re Sorry”

Posted in Uncategorized by groffellison on July 30, 2008

Today on a voice vote the United States House of Representatives apologized for slavery and “…also acknowledged the “injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow.”

The non-binding resolution, House Resolution 194, was sponsored by Memphis, Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen (D).  Cohen, who faces stiff African American opposition in next week’s Democratic primary, gathered 120 co-sponsors and issued the following statement after the Resolution’s passage:

“I am very proud that my colleagues in the House of Representatives passed our resolution apologizing for slavery and Jim Crow in the United States.  This is a historic moment in the ongoing struggle for civil rights in this country, and I hope that this legislation can serve to open the dialogue on race and equality for all.  Apologies are not empty gestures, but are a necessary first step towards any sort of reconciliation between people. I thank Congressman John Conyers (MI-10), whose assistance in moving this resolution forward was indispensible, for his strong support for this bill.”


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