1959 school closing: P.E. Co. Board a...

1959 school closing: P.E. Co. Board apologize?

Created by FarmVegan on Jul 9, 2008

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it should "apologize"

no apology - "regret" is fine

I don't care what it does

what school closing?

can't we just all get along?

Just-cURIOUS

Altavista, VA

#1 Jul 10, 2008
I was not in Prince Edward when this happen, but will say our schools stayed open. I think enough of the apologies, every so often we go over this again. The main people are not around to apologize for this even though I abhor it I will not apologize for something that was not of my making.

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Since: Mar 08

Farmville

#2 Jul 11, 2008
Well, there is a difference between apologizing as an individual, and apologizing as a government official -- speaking for the government organization that committed the wrongful action in 1959. It appears that some current Board members are unable to understand the difference between their actions as private individuals, and their actions as Board members accountable to the public.

The Board of Supervisors is the same institution that closed the schools in 1959. If the current Board members think what the Board did in 1959 was truly wrong and hurtful, they should "apologize" *as the Board* for what the 1959 Board did. This is what they refused to do.

What harm would it have done, one may wonder, to simply use the word "apologize" as a Board member? In refusing to "apologize," one may infer that they do not "regret" the 1959 action quite enough....
Just-cURIOUS

Altavista, VA

#3 Jul 11, 2008
Oh they regret it all right but how much is to be seen. They can express regret but as you said there is a difference, now if any of the old members of that 1959 board were alive, they should apologize.
Would you expect Obama to apologize for Jeremiah Wright or express regret over his remarks. Jesse Jackson made remarks that he should have apologized to Obama for. However it is regrettable that he did.

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Since: Mar 08

Farmville

#4 Jul 18, 2008
You wrote: "Would you expect Obama to apologize for Jeremiah Wright or express regret over his remarks."

Not unless Obama held the position of pastor of the same church as Jeremiah Wright -- then he could apologize for what a former pastor of that congregation had said.

In the same way, it's not unreasonable to ask the Board of Supervisors in 2008 to apologize for what the Board of Supervisors said and did in 1959. It's the same governing body -- just different people holding the positions.
Just-cURIOUS

Altavista, VA

#5 Jul 19, 2008
According to the Richmond Times Dispatch there has been ongoing apologies if you will since 2004. That is is today's paper. Again one can not apologize for something they did not do. Of course many people regret that decision but the only legitimate apology should come from those that still are alive that took part in the decision. And then move on because too many fine black people are excelling in ways that those of that era never dreamed possible.

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