Skip to comments.(NC Rep.) Womble bill calls for slavery disclosure (Guess that party!)
Posted on 03/24/2009 2:32:45 AM PDT by MitchellC
A state legislator from Winston-Salem wants to require companies that do business with the state to disclose their historical ties to slavery.
Under a bill sponsored by Rep. Larry Womble, companies entering into contracts with the state would have to search their corporate records for evidence that they participated in slavery or profited from it.
A company would have to publicly disclose any records of ties to slavery, including the names of any enslaved workers or slaveholders contained in the records.
"History gives a true reflection of how our country got started," Womble said.
His bill deals only with public disclosure -- it does not call for any penalties against companies that once benefited from slavery. But if a company did not comply with the disclosure requirements, it could lose its contract with the state.
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"It's more or less an educational thing," Womble said. "At least you can acknowledge, Yes, we participated in slavery. Yes, we made a profit off slavery.'"
Rep. Earline Parmon, D-Forsyth, is also a primary sponsor of the bill, which was filed Thursday.
Critics said that the bill is well-intentioned but that it would be impractical and burdensome for companies to try to find records of ties to slavery more than 140 years ago.
Another issue is the difficulty of defining the extent to which a company "participated in" or "profited from" slavery.
"It's a tangled web," said Anthony Parent, a history professor at Wake Forest University who studies slavery. "If you were engaged in business in the South before emancipation, you're going to have been somehow tied into the slave system."
Manufacturing companies, for instance, may have employed enslaved workers. Large banks helped finance the buying and selling of slaves.
For other companies, the link to slavery may have been more indirect.
Nonetheless, Parent said, it would be healthy for companies to examine and acknowledge their pasts.
"In terms of the psychological effect -- and just coming to terms with this past of ours -- I think this is fundamental," he said. "I think we all need to do this, if for no other reason than to understand how important slave production was for the economy and the society. It wasn't marginalized or minimal to the wealth being generated during this period."
Womble should be psychologically evaluated.
Race pimp second class.
Womble is full of cr*p.
They figure they’ve got everything else, reparations is a cinch...
It didn't happen to me and you didn't do it but I want my check
That's a laugh, they'll be looking for those long dead evil white people in 340 years. What I want is an accounting for all the reparations dollars already spent via the (not so)Great Society, Porkulus, and all other forms of reparations paid. Then, I want a big fat bag of gold for each of my four ancestors who wore the blue suit and were only paid about $13.00 per month, not nearly enough.
I'm from the West. I've already seen what bills like these are intended to accomplish in the long run.
NORTH CAROLINA COMPANIES -- JUST SAY "NO". And run that railroader Womble out of town.
So let me get this straight.
There will be no penalties except being penalized by not being able to contract with the state.
Through the Looking Glass.
From his site. Intresting gap in the late 60s as he stayed in school several times to the early 80s when he started sucking on the public teat. Which he has done to present day.
“In terms of the psychological effect — and just coming to terms with this past of ours — I think this is fundamental,” he said. “I think we all need to do this, if for no other reason than to understand how important slave production was for the economy and the society. It wasn’t marginalized or minimal to the wealth being generated during this period.”
Amazing! And this clown gets paid to come up with this garbage. “Come to terms..”what does THAT mean?After 140 years what terms are there?
This is complete bullsh$t.
(Guess that party!)
I have my eyes closed, but will guess he is a black democrat.
Flame me if I’m wrong.
How are you at Power Ball numbers?
I bet you, if this idiot was in congress, he would have voted for that volunteer er.. I mean mandatory service crap.
“Under a bill sponsored by Rep. Larry Womble, companies entering into contracts with the state would have to search their corporate records for evidence that they participated in slavery or profited from it.”
Need that photoshopped picture of the actor saying “Not This Sh!t Again!”
Next up, lawsuit from descendants of slaves.
Well, I want reperations for my great great great great great grandmother having to do unmentionable acts because she couldn’t get a job like a man in the private sector.
I don’t know her name, but it’s legendary in the family history so it must be true and someone should pay! Pay Me!
I wouldn’t flame you even if you were wrong.
There are stereotypes for a reason.