Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Well, Its About Time!

According to CNN, the U.S. House of Representatives is "poised" to apologize for slavery. 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. This appology will also address the Jim Crow laws that were enacted between the 1870s and 1965 in southern and border states that denied Blacks civil liberties. The resolution does not address the controversial issue of reparations. Some members of the African-American community have called on lawmakers to give cash payments or other financial benefits to descendants of slaves as compensation for the suffering caused by slavery. I'm kinda on the fence about that one, but I very much doubt that that will happen. If it does, I think monetary reparations [money meant for financial security, not rims] should be given to families whose annual income is less than a certain amount. In any case I'll accept an apology just fine. For the full story click here.