By Wyatt Earp | July 29, 2008
Ugh. Here we go. And it’s a good thing, too, since most people in the House are slave owners, right?
With this resolution, reparations are only a hop, skip, and a jump away.
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The House of Representatives was poised Tuesday to pass a resolution apologizing to African-Americans for slavery and the era of Jim Crow.
The non-binding resolution, which is expected to pass, was introduced by Rep. Steve Cohen, a white lawmaker who represents a majority black district in Memphis, Tennessee.
And it will pass a mere three months before the general election. Wow, what a coincidence!
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 resolution states that “the vestiges of Jim Crow continue to this day.” (H/T – CNN)
Really? Blacks cannot vote today? I guess that is bad news for the Democrats.
Blacks are legally segregated from whites today? Well, I guess that is bad news for schools like Grambling, Howard, Southern Universities. Oh, wait a minute, those institutions are known as “historically black,” so I guess the segregation claim doesn’t float there.
Stories like this angry up the blood for a number of reasons:
1. There is no one in America, or the world, still alive that owned slaves, but far too many people make a living off that erroneous assumption.
2. No one gives credit to the thousands of white men who fought and died for the abolition of slavery.
3. No one gives credit to the white men in government – except maybe Lincoln – who abolished slavery and made it illegal.
Look, if the government wants to apologize for slavery, that’s up to them, but I will personally apologize for nothing. I do not and did not own slaves. My family did not own slaves, and my ancestors came here from Ireland, England, and Czechoslovakia. I’m pretty certain they didn’t own slaves, either, so stop with the White Guilt. It’s wasted on me.