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What should the House apologize for? (Slavery and Jim Crow Laws)
michellemalkin.com ^ | July 29, 2008 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 07/29/2008 11:24:53 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

Talk about warped priorities. The do-nothing/14 percent approval-rated Congress, led by Nancy the Navigator Pelosi, refuses to allow debate on drilling; the appropriations bills are in limbo, and judicial vacancies abound.

But hey, they’ve found time to take action on that all-important apology for slavery and Jim Crow laws:

The House of Representatives was poised Tuesday to pass a resolution apologizing to African-Americans for slavery and the era of Jim Crow.

The nonbinding resolution, which is expected to pass, was introduced by Rep. Steve Cohen, a white lawmaker who represents a majority black district in Memphis, Tennessee.

While many states have apologized for slavery, it will be first time a branch of the federal government will apologize for slavery if the resolution passes, an aide to Cohen said.

By passing the resolution, the House would also acknowledge the “injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow,” the period after slavery was abolished in which African-Americans were denied the right to vote and other civil liberties. The resolution states that “the vestiges of Jim Crow continue to this day.”

“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.

Next stop: Reparations!


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KEYWORDS: congress; jimcrow; jimcrowe; reparations; slavery
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1 posted on 07/29/2008 11:24:53 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Yep, people always can make time for what’s important to them.


2 posted on 07/29/2008 11:26:44 AM PDT by Heartland Mom (Build the fence, secure our borders, deport illegals - Protect our sovereignty!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Which political party fought to retain slavery?

Which political party instituted the Jim Crow laws, and went to the matresses in it's fight to keep them on the books?

3 posted on 07/29/2008 11:26:58 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Without the second, the rest are just politicians' BS.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Liberals want to apologize for evils that no longer exist. But they won't apologize for failing to acknowledge the present-day evil of Islamofascism! That says it all.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

4 posted on 07/29/2008 11:27:06 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Pandering in an election year. Imagine that.

Some silk-suited lawyer will, sooner or later, make us white devils pay.


5 posted on 07/29/2008 11:29:04 AM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I wonder, if a reparations bill ever passes, would Barack Obama himself, who is a descendant of slaveholders and not of slaves, receive reparations?


6 posted on 07/29/2008 11:29:04 AM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("global temperatures have not warmed for at least seven years now." Dr. Roy Spencer)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I thought Bubba Clinton already took care of this!!


7 posted on 07/29/2008 11:29:28 AM PDT by zavvone
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To: Free ThinkerNY

i believe as long as they think of them selves as African-Americans “ and not “Americans” they will have these problems!


8 posted on 07/29/2008 11:30:22 AM PDT by jrd
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Nancy and Dingy Harry don't speak for me! I will NEVER apologize for something I never did and for acts for which my ancestors weren't responsible. Keep your frakkin' phony, politically correct, guilt trip apology to yourself!!!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

9 posted on 07/29/2008 11:32:27 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Talk about quick glancing headlines. I first read it I thought it said the House was going to appologize for Sheryl Crow.


10 posted on 07/29/2008 11:32:49 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

One party consistently opposed slavery and Jim Crow and race repression, and one party consistently fought to uphold those things.

The Jim Crow, slavery, race-obsessed party wants us all to apologize so they don’t have to admit that it was them, all along.

I say, let the Jim Crow, slavery, lynch-mob, fire-hose and attack-dog party apologize for themselves, and I’ll be glad to give them a polite hearing if they are sincere and contrite.


11 posted on 07/29/2008 11:33:48 AM PDT by marron
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Send them all packing. We don’t need them. There are better people out there that love America.


12 posted on 07/29/2008 11:34:46 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I agree with this apology thing. Apologies for the house, on me. Personally I think the chinese should apologize for all the deaths caused the Genghis Khan and the mongol hordes.


13 posted on 07/29/2008 11:36:41 AM PDT by ladtx ( "Never miss a good chance to shut up." - - Will Rogers)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Cohen is just looking for a way not to be unemployed next January. Memphis will not turn out for him. It’s too racist. He won by the black vote being severely split in 2006.


14 posted on 07/29/2008 11:37:58 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (I would rather be water-boarded than vote for John McCain......)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Only the DEms need to apologise.

The Republicans gave lives to free the Slaves, and have been the driving force for civil rights ever since.


15 posted on 07/29/2008 11:37:58 AM PDT by Wil H
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To: jrd
You hit the nail on the head. As long as “hyphenated” Americans exist there will always be some whackey liberal apologizing for something we did or didn't do for them. Of course, their vote is expected in return.
16 posted on 07/29/2008 11:39:09 AM PDT by SWEETSUNNYSOUTH (Liberalism is a mental disease.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
No doubt the Grandchildren and Greatgrandchildren of the freed slaves are going to cherish Nancy's apology, but I bet they'd like to be able to fill the tank without having to borrow money.

Now, about Nancy apologizing for the Mafia? When's she going to do that?

17 posted on 07/29/2008 11:39:25 AM PDT by muawiyah (We need a "Gastank For America" to win back Congress)
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.

Next apologize for the income tax, the welfare state, the education fiasco, the eminent domain fiasco, the housing mortgage fiasco, the mid-east oil fiasco, the immigration fiasco...

18 posted on 07/29/2008 11:39:56 AM PDT by polymuser (Taxpayers voting for Obama are like chickens voting for Colonel Sanders.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
What should the House apologize for?

How 'bout 9%?

19 posted on 07/29/2008 11:40:16 AM PDT by tbpiper (NObama '08 - Unfit in any color)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Apologies and reparations have been dolled out ever since the Emancipation Proclamation. Heck, the nation of Liberia exists as it does precisely to be a “wanna go back? here ya go” ‘reparation’.


20 posted on 07/29/2008 11:42:34 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (The average piece of junk is more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. - Ratatouille)
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To: Steely Tom

Also, the Democrat party committed the only succesful coup in US history in Wilmington NC in 1898.
This was to get the succesful black Republicans out and install the White Democrats back into power.


21 posted on 07/29/2008 11:42:41 AM PDT by Holicheese (Hillary deserves the CMoH for her time in Tuzla!)
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To: tbpiper
They're wasting time on irrelevant nonsense but they won't act to bring Americans energy price relief.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

22 posted on 07/29/2008 11:43:09 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Sheryl Crow has a lot to apologize to me for! One piece of TP my foot!


23 posted on 07/29/2008 11:44:06 AM PDT by Holicheese (Hillary deserves the CMoH for her time in Tuzla!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The do-nothing/14 percent approval-rated Congress. . .

When did their approval creep back up to 14%? Last I heard, it was 9%.

24 posted on 07/29/2008 11:45:07 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall cause you to vote against the Democrats.)
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To: goldstategop
Well at least they're being dilegent about getting steroids out of baseball. Now that is congress worthy.....at least for this congress. Hopefully they'll move on to something really important like impeaching President Bush.
25 posted on 07/29/2008 11:48:28 AM PDT by tbpiper (NObama '08 - Unfit in any color)
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To: freekitty
Send them all packing

President Lincoln wanted to send them away, he said the races would never get along.

26 posted on 07/29/2008 11:48:32 AM PDT by SF Republican
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To: SF Republican

The Union apologized when it gave 300,000 lives to end slavery.

The South apologized when it lost 300,000 lives as punishment for holding slaves.

End of discussion.


27 posted on 07/29/2008 11:52:48 AM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’m not apologizing. My family has nothing to apologize for, although we’re white, several members of the family came to the American colonies from debtors’ prison as bond slaves.


28 posted on 07/29/2008 11:53:40 AM PDT by BuffaloJack
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The Dems ought to apologize for slavery—and pay compensation.


29 posted on 07/29/2008 11:55:10 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I suppose a roll call vote on this would be too much to ask . . . .


30 posted on 07/29/2008 12:10:47 PM PDT by surely_you_jest ( Obamarrhoids are a pain in the ass . . . .)
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To: goldstategop
"Nancy and Dingy Harry don't speak for me! I will NEVER apologize for something I never did and for acts for which my ancestors weren't responsible. Keep your frakkin' phony, politically correct, guilt trip apology to yourself!!!"

You just got a standing ovation! Right on!
31 posted on 07/29/2008 12:18:28 PM PDT by Convert from ECUSA ("When I was a boy, America was a better place" - Dennis Prager)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

They could apologize for the Midnight Basketball thing.


32 posted on 07/29/2008 12:46:47 PM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Barack Obama: The Affirmative Action Candidate (just lower the bar!))
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To: freekitty
Send them all packing. We don’t need them. There are better people out there that love America.

Who exactly are you referring to? Congress?

33 posted on 07/29/2008 1:06:00 PM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The REAL punishment suffered by the Republic — is the fact that even after the Civil War losses, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Civil Rights legislation, Affirmative Action, Set asides, quota hires, quota admissions, lowered standards, reverse discrimination, uncountable BILLIONS if not TRILLIONS spent on welfare and their disproportionate representation in everything from sports, entertainment and politics —— what has been the outcome?

America’s native born blacks represent the LEAST accomplished, least self sufficient, least responsible, most dependent upon welfare to this day of ANY ethnic group in America!
Even those - INCLUDING BLACKS - who come to America from far worse circumstances in their OWN lifetime -— become PRODUCTIVE and LAW ABIDING citizens who raise families attending universities in a single generation...

In addition America’s native blacks are responsible for violent, property and drug crimes way out of proportion to their numbers in the population... Their illegitimate births to unwed mothers is worsening. They continue to drop out of schools in numbers that promise worse problems in the future... Their crime gangs flourish in nearly every major and mid size city.

No nation on the planet has done more than America to “atone” for slavery of the past — and no nation on the planet has been more punished by the descendants of those slaves..

Time for the modern whining blacks in America to look elsewhere for sympathy or compassion — they’ll get NONE from me.

“I’ve already given at the office — and abused for the effort”...


34 posted on 07/29/2008 1:06:58 PM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: SWEETSUNNYSOUTH

A favorite weapon in the armory of multiculturalism is the lowly hyphen. When we speak of an African-American or Mexican-American or Asian-American these days, the aim is not descriptive but deconstructive. There is a polemical edge to it, a provocation. The hyphen does not mean “American, but hailing at some point in the past from someplace else.” It means “only provisionally American: my allegiance is divided at best.” (I believe something similar can be said about the feminist fad for hyphenating the bride’s maiden name with her husband’s surname. It is a gesture of independence that is also a declaration of divided loyalty.) It is curious to what extent the passion for hyphenation is fostered more by the liberal elite than the populations it is supposedly meant to serve. How does it serve them? Presumably by enhancing their sense of “self-esteem.” Frederick Douglass saw through this charade some one hundred and fifty years ago. “No one idea,” he wrote, “has given rise to more oppression and persecution toward colored people of this country than that which makes Africa, not America, their home.” Roger Kimball at “Affirmative Action,” hyphenated Americans, and other conundrums

Also

“Neither my father nor my father’s father ever saw Africa, or knew its meaning or cared overmuch for it...there is nothing so indigenous, so completely `made in America’ as we are.” W.E.B. Du Bois

“The Negro is an American. We know nothing of Africa.” Martin Luther King


35 posted on 07/29/2008 1:23:22 PM PDT by Harrius Magnus (LIBERALS: We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Let the Democraps apologise for it. It was their policy!


36 posted on 07/29/2008 1:39:58 PM PDT by Bommer (A Third Party can win when Republicans and Democraps stand for the same thing!)
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To: river rat
You're painting 40 million Americans with a pretty broad brush there, buddy.

But no -- you're not a racist -- no sirree...

37 posted on 07/29/2008 1:41:04 PM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

They could apologize for receiving a paycheck.


38 posted on 07/29/2008 1:42:19 PM PDT by keepitreal ("I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message. . . until I don't.")
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To: CondorFlight
The Union apologized when it gave 300,000 lives to end slavery. The South apologized when it lost 300,000 lives as punishment for holding slaves. End of discussion.

The apology concerns Jim Crow, which only came into existence 20 years after the Civil War.

39 posted on 07/29/2008 1:43:38 PM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: goldstategop

Bringing up past wrongs

denigrates and undermines our society.

Ignoring the threat of Islam

undermines our society.

I see no inconsistency at all.


40 posted on 07/29/2008 1:44:22 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Brilliant

They need to apologize for, and discontinue, the modern day vote slavery that they hold the black community in.


41 posted on 07/29/2008 1:46:17 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Alter Kaker

How about “culturist”?

He’s painting with a broad brush - maybe.

But his assertions are right on and statistically founded.

The culture in question has cost this country BIG TIME in crime, lost productivity, and “charity” down a rathole; far more than any “owed” reparations that can be asked for.


42 posted on 07/29/2008 1:49:00 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“...the loss of human dignity and liberty..”

These days, that is entirely their problem.

And ironically triggered by do-gooders who thought they were making up for all that past injustice.

With no welfare state, blacks would be better off now than they actually are.


43 posted on 07/29/2008 2:02:23 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Only the House DEMOCRATS should be apologizing, since it was THEY who enacted and supported the slavery and Jim Crow Laws
NOT the Republicans.


44 posted on 07/29/2008 2:16:15 PM PDT by DGHoodini (Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand)
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To: DGHoodini

That is an excellent point. Nearly every race issue or complaint could use this fine point. Because it is fact.

America’s post WWII racial incongruence equals “democrat party” racial incongruence.


45 posted on 07/29/2008 2:32:45 PM PDT by rbmillerjr ("bigger government means constricting freedom"....................RWR)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; All

I’ve said it before and I say it again:

McCain needs to call out Obama on Slave Reparations. He can’t oppose Reparations; he would alienate many in his base. If he favors it, Katie bar the door; every rural, Blue State, Democrat will be running to the Republican Ticket.

It’s a win-win situation for Mac.


46 posted on 07/29/2008 2:33:51 PM PDT by no dems (99% of the Politicians give all the others a bad name.)
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To: Alter Kaker
"You're painting 40 million Americans with a pretty broad brush there, buddy. But no -- you're not a racist -- no sirree... "

Perhaps YOU should examine your own racism.....and ignorace of the FACTS.

If you can point out any false statement in my post -- do so.

If you can point out where I paint all blacks with the same "broad brush" do so.

If you didn't notice I never once said "all" in my post - and additionally pointed out that IMMIGRANT BLACKS on average do better in America that the native born and welfare coddled from cradle to grave blacks -- then try to read with some level of reading comprehension.

If you can't - then I will include YOU in the group of folks who scream RACISM or RACIST whenever confronted by someone in possession of the facts they aren't afraid to discuss......even if some folks find them unflattering...

Those blacks who continue to blame all their faults and inabilities on the dastardly white man -- they will remain enslaved on the leftist's planation with large numbers residing in prisons or the lowest rungs of society, as is their condition today.

47 posted on 07/29/2008 2:56:18 PM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Why don’t we start a movement to demand that Obambi apologize for his slave-trading ancestors in Kenya??


48 posted on 07/29/2008 2:56:39 PM PDT by Enchante (Only an idiot like Obambi goes to GERMANY to apologize for unwarranted (sic) aggression!)
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To: river rat
Perhaps YOU should examine your own racism..

Oh yes, I'm the racist (lol!). I now accuse you of chutzpah.

If you can point out where I paint all blacks with the same "broad brush" do so.

America’s native born blacks represent the LEAST accomplished, least self sufficient, least responsible, most dependent upon welfare to this day of ANY ethnic group in America!

No, no broad brush. I would hope that you don't venture out much into polite society. We left people like you behind forty years ago.

49 posted on 07/29/2008 3:01:03 PM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: T. Buzzard Trueblood

Yes but the magic negro if reperations were appropriated would only get half a share, and would have to apologize with the other half. I think appropriate apologies and reperations have been given through billions in dollars of wasted entitlements, with little or nothing to show from them.


50 posted on 07/29/2008 3:42:35 PM PDT by cla62
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