Senate apologizes for slavery



The U.S. Senate passed a non-binding resolution on June 18 apologizing for American slavery (1619 – 1865) and “Jim Crow” laws following slavery through the 1960s that continued to deprive Black people of basic human rights. The resolution concludes: 

Whereas it is important for the people of the United States, who legally recognized slavery through the Constitution and the laws of the United States, to make a formal apology for slavery and for its successor, Jim Crow, so they can move forward and seek reconciliation, justice, and harmony for all people of the United States: Now, therefore, be it—

Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That the sense of the Congress is the following:

(1) Apology for the enslavement and segregation of african-americans.–The Congress–

  (A) acknowledges the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow laws;

   (B) 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; and

   (C) expresses its recommitment to the principle that all people are created equal and endowed with inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and calls on all people of the United States to work toward eliminating racial prejudices, injustices, and discrimination from our society.

Click to read the full text in the Congressional Record.

Is an apology enough?

Speak your peace.

One Response to “Senate apologizes for slavery”

  1. 1 sharon

    How could an apology possibly be enough? Financial reparations will have to be made, OF COURSE. If the government would own up to its policy atrocities, and pay up, then there would be fewer family problems, and less agency “intervention”.

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