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Congress considering slavery apology
UPI ^ | Feb. 28, 2008

Posted on 02/29/2008 12:18:06 AM PST by kingattax

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Congress is considering an apology for slavery, something five states have done in the past year.

While it has apologized before, Congress never apologized for slavery, USA Today reported Thursday.

"We've seen states step forward on this," said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, noting resolutions in Alabama, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia. "I'm really shocked, just shocked" that the federal government hasn't apologized. "It's time to do so."

Harkin said he and Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., will propose an apology for slavery and subsequent "Jim Crow" laws that furthered racial segregation. Among the bill's backers are Democratic Sens, Hillary Clinton of New York, the party's first female presidential candidate, and Barack Obama of Illinois, the party's first African-American candidate.

A similar House measure introduced in 2007 has 120 co-sponsors.

Congress apologized to Japanese-Americans in 1988 for imprisoning them in camps during World War II, giving 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 failing to enact anti-lynching laws.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 110th; apology; democratparty; democrats; feelgood; liberalagenda; noslaverynow; slavery; stuckonstupid; trendy
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1 posted on 02/29/2008 12:18:08 AM PST by kingattax
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To: kingattax

In the USA, no one alive suffered under slavery, and no one alive held slaves. If Congress wants to do something about slavery they ought to focus upon the very real cases of slavery NOW in parts of Africa and the Muslim world....


2 posted on 02/29/2008 12:20:54 AM PST by Enchante (Obama: I'll eagerly kiss Castro's cold dead ass, that's my foreign policy!!)
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To: kingattax
And by reparations they mean a massive racially based redistribution of wealth. If you are white, even if you just arrived here yesterday and have nothing to do with slavery, the liberals will make you pay.

Who said that racism, discrimination, and slavery were dead? The Democrats were the party of slavery and racism almost one hundred and fifty years ago, and they are the same, even today.

3 posted on 02/29/2008 12:23:00 AM PST by rabscuttle385 (Admin Moderator for President. The lesser of two evils is still evil.)
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To: kingattax

Why don’t they consider cutting taxes and spending. Seems more important to me.


4 posted on 02/29/2008 12:29:48 AM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: kingattax
Immorality on display.
5 posted on 02/29/2008 12:30:19 AM PST by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.. (A "Concerned Citizen".)
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To: kingattax

Finally. Now I can sleep at night knowing that I’ll be forgiven for being a White man.


6 posted on 02/29/2008 12:34:24 AM PST by MaxMax (I need a life after politics)
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To: kingattax

Well, I want the Church of England to apologize for kicking my Catholic ancestors out of Scotland, and the Pope to apologize for kicking my Protestant ancestors out of Switzerland, and all you Honkies owe me, for shipping other ancestors of mine off to Oklahoma. Send money, I’ll tell you when I feel better!
Africa is full of people who would love to be here, and take advantage of all the opportunities that others won’t.
Maybe we can arrange an exchange, and make everyone happy!


7 posted on 02/29/2008 12:45:15 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: kingattax

Why would you apologize for something you had nothing to do with?

Well, okay, maybe Robert Byrd could apologize, but I’m pretty sure he has already.


8 posted on 02/29/2008 12:49:11 AM PST by Zeon Cowboy (Pardon Ramos and Compean NOW! // R.I.P. William F. Buckley // Worst. Election. Ever.)
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To: rabscuttle385
"And by reparations they mean a massive racially based redistribution of wealth."

Sounds like something a COMMUNEity organizer might promote.

Let's ask Hussein what he thinks.

yitbos

9 posted on 02/29/2008 12:57:39 AM PST by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds. - Ayn Rand")
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To: kingattax
Among the bill's backers are Democratic Sens, Hillary Clinton of New York, the party's first female presidential candidate, and Barack Obama of Illinois, the party's first African-American candidate.

Translation: sucking up to black voters.

10 posted on 02/29/2008 1:01:52 AM PST by hsalaw (q)
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To: kingattax

Many people today refuse to look in the mirror to identify their flaws and make an effort to rectify them. They have been taught to have good self esteem and that they are perfect just the way they are. Yet their conscience eats at them. Since they have a great self-image, the guilt they feel must be for something done in the past. They think apologies for history will clear their conscience without them having to address their own sin. We have gone from mea culpa to they-a culpa. Their fault, their fault, their most grievous fault.


11 posted on 02/29/2008 1:07:33 AM PST by informavoracious
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To: kingattax

This is half Hussein Obamas fault.


12 posted on 02/29/2008 1:09:26 AM PST by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.. (A "Concerned Citizen".)
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To: kingattax

In Australia, an apology has recently been made to the phoney “stolen generation” of aborigines by the new and ultra wet Rudd Labor government. Many of the left are already screaming for compensation payouts. In Australia it will be a very expensive rendition of hand holding and Kumbaya, in the US, with the numbers of “slave” descendents, it will be a financial disaster.


13 posted on 02/29/2008 1:12:00 AM PST by generalhammond
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To: kingattax
Among the bill's backers are Democratic Sens, Hillary Clinton of New York, the party's first female presidential candidate, and Barack Obama of Illinois, the party's first African-American candidate.

Barack's Mom is white, and his dad was African (not slave descent), so Barack needs to apologize for at least half of his family.
14 posted on 02/29/2008 1:14:56 AM PST by Cronos ("Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant" - Omar Ahmed, CAIR)
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To: Tut

ping


15 posted on 02/29/2008 1:16:35 AM PST by Tut
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To: Tut

I expect this kind of idiocy from the Dims. But, for the love of all that’s holy, can’t you Kansans do something about Brownback? I swear, he’s a bigger embarrassment than Lindsey Graham.


16 posted on 02/29/2008 1:21:59 AM PST by Steve_Stifler
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To: Steve_Stifler

Brownback is retiring in 2010.


17 posted on 02/29/2008 1:35:51 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: kingattax
PBS had a ptogram on that traced the ancestry of several black Americans. It turns out Maya Angelou is the descendent of a white slave owner. When she apologises, I'll take it seriously.
18 posted on 02/29/2008 1:37:36 AM PST by FreedomCalls (Texas: "We close at five.")
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To: fieldmarshaldj

It’s much more satisfying when they’re retired instead of letting them retire.


19 posted on 02/29/2008 1:46:48 AM PST by Steve_Stifler
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To: Steve_Stifler
The dems often does stuff that leaves me speechless and this is just one of many examples.

It is the democrats who enslaved the black man all those years who fought a costly war to keep that right and it was the democrats who did all they could to keep the black man down, hence the 13th 14th and 15th amendments were enacted .... which the the democrats almost to the man voted against, north and south.

I've talked about this to some left wing loons and their response was, (I find hard to follow) back then the democrats were really republicans and the republicans were actually democrats.

I'm not joking. This is their response.

And now.... they want everyone in the country to pay for the evil THEY were involved in.

The 15th amendment

Amendment XV (the Fifteenth Amendment) of the United States Constitution provides that governments in the United States may not prevent a citizen from voting based on that citizen's race[1], color, or previous condition of servitude (i.e. slavery). It was ratified on February 3, 1870.

That was enacted because the democrats tried to keep the black man from voting and when they did vote and voted republican, they would beat if not kill the black man for doing so.

Has that changed? I don't think much pi$$es off a democrat more than a black republican. Just look at the smears they have for Thomas, Rice and Powell for escaping from the plantation the democrats built for them.

Like in the days of slavery when they felt that human being were theirs to do as they wish.... to discard as they see fit, you can see that same attitude with the unborn babies of today..... to "to discard as they see fit" and to spend all that is needed to keep that right.

Un freaking believable!
20 posted on 02/29/2008 1:47:02 AM PST by Tut
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To: kingattax

Time to make the Italians apologize for the Roman enslavment of about half the known Western world’s population.
Chances are every caucasion living is descended,however remotely,from Roman slaves.
I demand an apology and lotsa lire!


21 posted on 02/29/2008 1:59:35 AM PST by Happy Rain
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To: kingattax

I had no idea Congress was keeping slaves!

Except Barney Frank, of course. We all knew about that...


22 posted on 02/29/2008 2:07:33 AM PST by gridlock (Proud McCain Supporter since February 7, 2008.)
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To: MaxMax
Finally. Now I can sleep at night knowing that I’ll be forgiven for being a White man.

They are talking about an apology, here. Nobody said a damn thing about forgiveness.

23 posted on 02/29/2008 2:08:59 AM PST by gridlock (Proud McCain Supporter since February 7, 2008.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Well, I want the Church of England to apologize for kicking my Catholic ancestors out of Scotland, and the Pope to apologize for kicking my Protestant ancestors out of Switzerland, and all you Honkies owe me, for shipping other ancestors of mine off to Oklahoma.

And Catherine the Great has some 'splainin' to do over how she kicked my German-speaking ancestors out of the Volga region...

24 posted on 02/29/2008 2:13:33 AM PST by gridlock (Proud McCain Supporter since February 7, 2008.)
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To: kingattax
"We've seen states step forward on this," said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, noting resolutions in Alabama, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia. "I'm really shocked, just shocked" that the federal government hasn't apologized. "It's time to do so."

Gee, Tom, I'm really shocked that you haven't made sure Iowa apologized yet, either.

25 posted on 02/29/2008 2:15:04 AM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: kingattax

We did apologize, We apologized with the deaths of all those men who died to bring the Union back together and end slavery. The very government that is going to apologize is the very government who ended. The Democrats should apologize though. It was their party that held on to slavery. It was their party that passed Jim Crow laws. It was their party that fought integration. It was their party that fought equal rights. I am a republican. I come from a long line of Republicans. My family has nothing to apologize for. In fact. I DEMAND A THANK YOU NOTE from all blacks who are ancestors of slaves. I demand some reparation for lost wages my dead ancestors would have made but couldn’t because they died on the battlefield fighting for you. Perhaps I would not have grown up as poor as I did if my great great uncles had not died to free you. Where is it? Where is my THANK YOU.


26 posted on 02/29/2008 2:16:27 AM PST by KungFuBrad (American In China)
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To: MaxMax

Wait no further! Click here for your formal forgiveness:

http://www.gmu.edu/departments/economics/wew/gift.html


27 posted on 02/29/2008 2:17:39 AM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: rabscuttle385

I thought LBJ took care of those reparations.


28 posted on 02/29/2008 2:20:01 AM PST by gitmo (From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.)
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To: kingattax
So where's NY in the list since that's where slavery was first introduced by the Dutch in the early 1600's ?
29 posted on 02/29/2008 2:20:11 AM PST by Vet_6780 ("I see debt people")
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To: gridlock

I demand :-

Reparations from Italy for enslaving us in 55 BC .

Reparations from Denmark for overunning my village in the 10th Century .

Reparations from France for introducing our world famous feudal system in 1066 .

Last but not least , damages from the USA for turfing us out of your gaff in 1776* .

*A crate of that California wine , some East Coast beer , and the USA ladies’ soccer team will do , instead of sending me US taxpayer’s money .


30 posted on 02/29/2008 2:31:57 AM PST by jabbermog
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To: kingattax

I’m gonna snap. It’s just a matter of time.


31 posted on 02/29/2008 2:37:39 AM PST by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: kingattax

Oh give me a break already. I’ve heard nothing BUT apologies in various forms for the last 40+ years. Enough already.


32 posted on 02/29/2008 3:04:50 AM PST by SueRae
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To: kingattax

My ancestors were in Poland when that was going on. I’ll send some money to Poland if that makes everyone happy.


33 posted on 02/29/2008 3:26:30 AM PST by ToastedHead
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To: kingattax

If congress wants to do something about slavery, they should reduce the financial burden of federal taxes working people are FORCED to pay. We working people are slaves to the federal government, working on their plantation.


34 posted on 02/29/2008 3:41:58 AM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: kingattax

I demand Congress apologize and offer reparations for allowing the use of indentured servants.


35 posted on 02/29/2008 3:46:20 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: kingattax

I want reparations for the 1066 invasion. Damn Normans!!


36 posted on 02/29/2008 3:48:58 AM PST by catfish1957 (Hey McLame, you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you a'int fooling any FReepers)
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Yep...and I also apologize for every slave I’ve ever owned... uhhh nevermind


37 posted on 02/29/2008 3:52:21 AM PST by catfish1957 (Hey McLame, you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you a'int fooling any FReepers)
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I’ll go for it if and only if the apology includes for the invasion of the CSA.


38 posted on 02/29/2008 3:58:34 AM PST by don-o (My son, Ben, reports to Parris Island on June 30.)
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To: kingattax

http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/whtslav.htm

WHEN EUROPEANS WERE SLAVES: RESEARCH SUGGESTS WHITE SLAVERY WAS MUCH MORE COMMON THAN PREVIOUSLY BELIEVED

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new study suggests that a million or more European Christians were enslaved by Muslims in North Africa between 1530 and 1780 – a far greater number than had ever been estimated before.

(snip)

I want the Muslims to apologize.


39 posted on 02/29/2008 3:58:53 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Cronos
Barack's Mom is white, and his dad was African (not slave descent), so Barack needs to apologize for at least half of his family.

Hold on now, his ancestors on his father's side may have been involved in the slave trade, too.

Isn't this effort by Congress worth it now that the federal budget has been balanced, Social Security and Medicare will not go bankrupt, the U.S. border is secured, the military has the necessary equipment to protect us, etc.
40 posted on 02/29/2008 4:08:35 AM PST by Lord Basil
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To: rabscuttle385

I want to know if all black Americans will get some funds, even if their ancestors were not slaves. There are decendants of black free men and black immigrants who have come over and never been enslaved. Also, will my children (who are bi-racial) get half of the money? If you are light-skinned do you get any money? Is there going to be a sliding scale? Can I get my money in Euros?


41 posted on 02/29/2008 4:15:14 AM PST by brwnsuga (Proud, Black, Conservative!!!)
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To: kingattax

Enough! Apology adds to White Guilt. There is too much of it already. This country has already been divided into groups with special privileges. The right thing to do is drop all special privileges and make everyone equal.


42 posted on 02/29/2008 4:18:37 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (never happen. too much money to be made suing and/o arresting Whites)
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To: Tut

GREAT post!


43 posted on 02/29/2008 4:18:44 AM PST by GatorGirl (Election 2008--It's all about the judges!!)
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To: kingattax

BOHICA


44 posted on 02/29/2008 4:20:28 AM PST by Waco
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To: kingattax

I thought they already “apologized”.


45 posted on 02/29/2008 4:25:44 AM PST by missmellyh
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To: kingattax

These sorry as* sumsabitches need to get their heads out of their arses.

When will we grow bal*s and tell everyone to get over it and move on?


46 posted on 02/29/2008 4:25:54 AM PST by Shirerwasright (Liberalism continues to erode the foundations of America)
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Can we just recall or start over with this bunch of goons?


47 posted on 02/29/2008 4:25:55 AM PST by disallusioned
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To: kingattax
CONGRESSFOLK: I'll make a deal. I'll sign off on your pathetic, misguided slavery apology on the condition that you sign off for 75 years of pathetic, misguided, even dangerous POLICIES and LOSS OF SOVEREIGNTY that your asinine lawmaking has imposed upon American citizens.

I have one other condition: Reverse course on spending us into oblivion. Close the borders; jail employers of illegal aliens. Refuse your unearned salaries. The list is sadly endless, isn't it?

Regards . . . Penny
48 posted on 02/29/2008 4:27:35 AM PST by Penny
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To: kingattax
Keep me out of this , my family wasn't even on these shores then!

Besides I have no "white Guilt", I've earned everything I have.

49 posted on 02/29/2008 4:27:58 AM PST by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: kingattax

Shouldn’t the Democrat Party apologize for slavery? After all, it was Democrats who were against fighting the Civil War, Reconstruction and they were the ones who instituted Jim Crow laws while fighting desegregation and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


50 posted on 02/29/2008 4:30:34 AM PST by stratman1969 (This space for rent)
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