Yesterday, the House adopted that policy when they issued an apology for the African Americans for slavery and for Jim Crow.
Here’s an excerpt of the article that appeared on MSNBC.com:
The House on Tuesday issued an unprecedented apology to black Americans for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow segregation laws…
Congress has issued apologies before — to Japanese-Americans for their internment during World War II and to native Hawaiians for the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom in 1893. In 2005, the Senate apologized for failing to pass anti-lynching laws.
Five states have issued apologies for slavery, but past proposals in Congress have stalled, partly over concerns that an apology would lead to demands for reparations — payment for damages.
There was no mention of reparations, and I think that’s okay, for a number of reasons. For one, we are all so intertwined, that I can see people being upset when people who aren’t African Americans receive benefits. Additionally, I’m not so sure what issuing a check would do- other than be a symbolic attempt at what had been previously promised (40 acres and a mule). Perhaps that’s important; however, I can’t see that being something that fares well in the United States. I also see that being something that will divide more than unite.
But, as we’ve learned- it’s not too late to apologize. And I am glad that it’s happened.