An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
I’ve done NOTHING to warrant an apology!
A historic Congressional apology for slavery and Jim Crow discrimination passed this evening on a voice vote.
The apology resolution, introduced shortly after U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., reached Washington in 2007, would be a first step toward racial reconciliation, he said in an eight-minute speech during debate on the House floor.
U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., who has sought to create a commission to study the possibility of reparations for descendants of slaves, and U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, were the only others to speak in a half-hour debate.
Cohen’s lengthy resolution, which picked up 120 bipartisan co-sponsors, deals with all aspects of slavery’s horrors and the legal system that evolved in the segregated South after the Civil War and the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments prohibiting racial discrimination.
In his speech, Cohen noted that a form of slavery, the convict-leasing system, existed up until World War II and that the Civil Rights Act of 1965 was passed in an era of “colored” and “white” drinking fountains.
“This is a symbolic resolution but, hopefully, it will begin a dialogue where people will open their hearts and their minds to the problems that face this country — from racism that exists in this country on both sides, and must end if we’re to go forward as the country we were created to be and which we are destined to be,” Cohen said.
Well, that’s peachy. And I’m all for moving forward. However, if this kind of thing continues, we’ll NEVER move toward the future.
I’ll repeat: I do NOT apologize! I have nothing to apologize for at all. Neither does anyone in Congress. Not one single person alive today was either a slave owner, or a slave. NONE. ZERO. ZIP.
Are the African countries going to apologize? No? Well, then why should we?
I’m going to hear the accusation of “racist”, so will others who find this is a ridiculous idea. Racism has absolutely nothing to do with how I feel about this. I find it insulting for our paid “representatives” to waste time in the past when we have so many issues, like national security, the price of gas, and other issues that evidently aren’t high on the list of Congress’ priorities.
Silly me. Cohen is running for re-election, facing two blacks in the primary. Priorities.