U.S. Senate Apologizes for Slavery

I sh*t you not.

By unanimous consent, the Senate passed a resolution a short time ago apologizing for slavery and racial segregation.
Republican Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, one of the sponsors, said the measure was no “panacea,” but could help trigger “reconciliation.”
“I am pleased that Congress has officially offered an apology for slavery and it’s long overdue,” he said. “The formation of my home state of Kansas was centered around slavery and came to be known as ‘Bleeding Kansas.’ I believe that this official apology will enable our nation to begin healing our racial wounds rooted in the institution of slavery.”
Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, was the other sponsor.
The passage coincides with Juneteenth, a celebration which commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S.

I’m wondering how Robert Byrd voted on that particular resolution, or is he still in the hospital? They probably shot it through while he was gone.

11 Responses to “U.S. Senate Apologizes for Slavery”

  1. Gunslinger says:

    “Republican Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, one of the sponsors, said the measure was no “panacea,” but could help trigger “reconciliation.”
    Such naiveté. There will be no reconciliation so long as there’s a dishonest buck to be made with grievance.

  2. JeffS says:

    I’ll try and remember “reconciliation” the next time I’m called a cracker.

  3. Retread says:

    Byrd is still in the hospital, which is a actually a hospice if the rumors are acurate.
    Aren’t there bills to be read before they’re voted on, instead of using time on this nonsense?

  4. I think that has to be filed under “waste no crisis”, since there are certainly crisis aplenty they should be dealing with.

  5. Don’t worry, Jeff. I’ve always thought of you as a crumpet and, in your neck of the woods, “cracker” is probably some twisted compliment.

  6. I thought cracker was one of those little things with a fuse.

  7. Dave J. says:

    They’ll let Byrd apologize personally, since I believe he’s the last Senator to have actually OWNED slaves himself.

  8. nightfly says:

    On this timetable, they’ll be ready to apologize for the Klan and Jim Crow by 2137. Oh- wait, you wanted that shmaybe they’d apologize for something some of them actually DID??!? What a concept!

  9. mojo says:

    This just in: All the slaves are still dead.

  10. Steve Skubinna says:

    Since slavery was an institution of the Democratic Party, as was secession, Jim Crow, lynching, the Klan, Bull Conner, Lester Maddox, and George Wallace, perhaps they ought to have done their apology and left the rest of us out of it.
    Only a moron would expect this to have a damn thing to do with “reconciliation.” Expect reparations to be back on the table soon.

  11. anthony perone says:

    Wanna help ’em? Make Black history a required subject in all public schools. The kids will know what to do. Right now Black history is an embarrassed version of events or a moss-bound specky intellectuals croaking interpretation.
    Detail the suffering,detail the contributions of black afro americans and detail reconstruction and the industrial revolution.
    Who created the Klan? Which were the most destructive anti black laws? How does black society work? (They ain’t like you and me…yet.)

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