Skip to comments.Senate Backs Apology for Slavery
Posted on 06/19/2009 6:19:13 AM PDT by mikelets456
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I will gladly give $10B to every slave I have ever owned.
ping for later
The federal government can only take responsibility for 89 years of slavery - the time between formation of the government and when it legally ended slavery. Heck, the government has only existed for 233 years, so it cannot take responsibility for 250 years of anything; it has spent more time apologizing for slavery than allowing it.
Yes, we already had reparations...how’d that work out?
We did. Sacrificing 600,000 people to stop it is one he11 of an apology. We've been apologizing for it for 144 years.
Every living slave owner should absolutely issue an apology to each and every living slave he ever owned.
The descendants of slave owners who have never, themselves, OWNED slaves and the descendants of slaves who have never BEEN slaves owe and deserve, respectively, nothing from it all.
If black Americans have experienced disadvantages due to the history of slavery in America, they have also most certainly benefited from the efforts of others which were not their doing.
It's a wash in the long run.
Take charge of and responsibility for your own life and make it what you would like it to be.
I’m sure quick to follow will be the apologies for: 1) the welfare state that has enslaved more than any plantation owners and African nations did, 2) the present union-run school system that keeps students of all colors ignorant and submissive, 3) affirmative action where anyone of color who does well is marginalized because they are suspect of benefitting from special help...let’s get on with all the apologizin’.
the latest attempt by the federal government to take responsibility for 2 1/2 centuries of slavery.
#$@& ... %$#*@ ... #$@& STOO-PID sons of beeches!
Slavery existed in America, aka The United States of America, aka The USA for, at the MOST ... 89 lousy years! Sheesh, doesn't anyone remember what Abe Lincoln said in The Gettysburg Address, given in 1863 ...
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, etc, etc...A 'score' is 20. Four 'score' = 80. Add 7, and you have 87 YEARS!. And that "new nation" was the USA, and he was referring to the Declaration of Independence written in 1776. So from 1776 to the end of the Civil War in 1865, we have 89 years. Not 250 years. Not 400 years. Dammit to hell!
Annnnnnd if we want to get really technical, and right now I DO, the USA didn't really exist until the Constitution was ratified in ... 1787! That is when slaves were put down in writing by the 'Federal Government' as property, as less than human. So that brings slavery down to existing 78 years in "America".
I'm sick of hearing about 2½ Century's of slavery "in America", or that absurd 400 years that's thrown around. That's BULLSHEET, "America" didn't exist then. And another thing. "250" years before the end of the Civil War is 1615. But the Mayflower and its Pilgrims didn't land at Plymouth until 1620! And I DON'T recall the Pilgrims owning slaves either.
Agree with paying any LIVING ex slave.
On the other hand those that are living ex slaves—and those that are descendants of slaves—had an opportunity when President Monroe ‘offered’ free passage etc to anyone who WANTED to return to the ‘Mother Land’, in a brand new country called Liberia, complete with a US President’s name being the capital...
Nobody in the Senate was ever a slave holder. Aside from possibly Helen Thomas, nobody alive today could possibly have been a slave.
So, any such “apology” is merely shameless pandering, something American politicians have refined to high art form.
If they were so concerned about slavery, they would speak out against the cult of Islam which approves, condones, encourages and values the enslavement of non-Muslims and continues to do so in Islam-terrorized rat holes like Sudan.
Because, you lame-brained idiot, people back in the early 1900’s knew slavery in the U.S. had ended in a bloody civil war in which thousands of white boys north and south had suffered and died over that institution and its abolition. They knew they had nothing to apologize for.
After Harken gets done shining the collective shoes of all the NAACP members and their ilk who support this tripe, he should go back to hog calling for a living in Iowa and get out of the Senate.