June 20th, 2009


Apologies and Practicalities

This is a good gesture ...

Senate Adopts Slavery Apology Resolution
Greg Vadala and Edward Epstein, Congressional Quarterly: "The Senate adopted a resolution Thursday offering a formal apology for slavery and the era of 'separate but equal' Jim Crow laws that followed. After the clerk finished reading the resolution (S Con Res 26) in full, Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin, the measure's sponsor, noted that Congress has never before issued a formal apology for slavery."

... but I have to wonder what they're doing, in practical terms, to clean up the mess. There are still lingering problems of racism that need to be repaired. There's no undoing the past, but a practical effort to address current problems would put a lot more weight behind the apology.