US House of Rep. poised to apologize for slavery, Jim Crow

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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 name "Jim Crow" came from a character played by T.D. "Daddy" Rice who portrayed a slave while in blackface during the mid-1800s.

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John D. Beatty - 7/31/2008

When o when will the American Congress apologize to me and my ancestors who were brought here in chains, transported for life and brutalized to early graves?

That they came here in 1611 from Ireland should be of little consequence. Perhaps some New York legislator can propose this, ore even Virginia, since that's where they landed.

No? Gee...why not? I suppose you're going to tell me that I'm not in line for any reparations, either.

Vernon Clayson - 7/30/2008

If Congress is to apologize they should apologize to all citizens for the harm they have caused, perhaps to the pioneers who settled the west without federal funding and the comforts of modern transportation or the Natives that were displaced by the onrushing hordes of profiteers. The legislator who proposes this is pandering, every black person should tell him that don't need his sorry apology nearly as badly as he needs their vote. Tell him what VP Cheney told Sen. Leahy, "go f--- yourself."