Connecticut apologizes for legacy of slavery

Connecticut became the second northern state to apologize for slavery, segregation and other racist policies its lawmakers once condoned after an unanimous vote late Wednesday by the state Senate. Full Story
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Oh PLease

Southbury, CT

#1 Jun 4, 2009
When is this ever going to stop, how many years will this continue where people today had nothing to do with slavery and constantly need to apologize for actions years ago. It's over and has been for over a hundred years, whats done is done you cannot turn the pages of history back. I think black people today are still looking for the easy way out and continue to ride what ever they can to get something for nothing. I cannot be responsible for what what happened in the past for this country.
alex

Dallas, TX

#3 Jun 4, 2009
There is no question that slavery is an abomination. So were 19th Century sweat shops and childhood labor.

But the happy reality which emerges from our history of black slavery is that the descendants of those slav'es now enjoy the highest standard of living of any black Africans in the world, and by a huge factor.

I doubt that many would elect to be returned to Africa, even at taxpayer expense, though undoubtedly a good many taxpayers would find that an appealing proposition.

Certainly, if the question could be put to a vote, American blacks would find themselves on their way back to the Dark Continent forthwith.

Their presence is an enormous burden borne by whites and other minority races, who may someday tire of their lack of productivity, their criminality, their chronic indolence, and their clear hatred of the society that has nurtured, supported, and subsidized them.

The evidence suggests strongly that they simply have no place in a modern civilization.
Sorry for Indians

AOL

#4 Jun 4, 2009
"Their presence is an enormous burden borne by whites and other minority races, who may someday tire of their lack of productivity, their criminality, their chronic indolence, and their clear hatred of the society that has nurtured, supported, and subsidized them."
WELL SAID ALEX!!! The problem is that by the time they tire they will be in the minority and on their way to being shipped somewhere by the new majority.

“What's up?”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#7 Jun 4, 2009
alex wrote:
Next time, just say ooga or ahoo betty, FREAK!!!!
Unbelievable

South Windsor, CT

#8 Jun 4, 2009
This is one of the most absurd moves our legislature can make. Apologize for slavery that happened over 100 years ago? Does that mean I should go up to black people randomly and apologize to them for something I had no control over and wasn't a part of? Does that mean that black people will randomly walk up to white people and apologize for all the drive-by shootings and gangs?
Perhaps not all blacks are involved in gangs and drive-by shootings, but let's lump them all together like our legislature is doing to us and have them apologize...even if they're not a part of violence. Why not? Violence happens, it's just a part of history. Right?
It seems to me that a lot of blacks are trying to see how long can they get us to coward down to them and apologize for things that we were not a part of.
It's just ashame that the world has come to this. Why is our legislature afraid to speak their mind? Why are they afraid of offending people? Yes, there will always be some people that can't get over what happened in history, but that's not for us to waste thousands of dollars and time on...trying to figure out how to make these people feel better.
Some things you just have to let go of...and slavery is one of them. Yes, it was belittling to blacks and terrible for them. But it's over...let's stop this nonsense and just move on. Isn't that where peace begins?
Nemesys

Danbury, CT

#9 Jun 4, 2009
I don't mind that CT apoligizes for slavery so long as at the same time the NAACP thanks Connecticut for sending thousands of volunteers to their death in order to end it. That would result in mutual closure, as opposed to simply having the state put their stamp of approval on the victim status of some of their former residents.
StopHatinOthers

Beacon Falls, CT

#10 Jun 4, 2009
Oh PLease wrote:
When is this ever going to stop, how many years will this continue where people today had nothing to do with slavery and constantly need to apologize for actions years ago. It's over and has been for over a hundred years, whats done is done you cannot turn the pages of history back. I think **** today are still looking for the easy way out and continue to ride what ever they can to get something for nothing. I cannot be responsible for what what happened in the past for this country.
They weren't apologizing for you doofus! They were apologizing for the state which does bear some responsibility and absolutely benefited from slave labor in the form of raw cotton imports for the textile mills etc. Get a grip on history. It will make you a better person.
Hold on Now

United States

#12 Jun 4, 2009
Unbelievable wrote:
But it's over...let's stop this nonsense..
I agree. But what do we do about the idiot above you calling for "reinstation"?
alex

Dallas, TX

#13 Jun 4, 2009
Since Obama does not have a single gene of an African-American, he is more likely to be a descendant of slave traders rather than slav'es. Therefore he needs to apologize to all the black people, too. After all, slav'es were captured by blacks, like his ancestors, and later sold to whites.

Of course no black cares about this, or about the fact that blacks are STILL practicing slavery on other blacks in Africa today. They just like complaining about how the "man" is keeping them down. I guess it's easier than facing the truth- blacks live in poverty and squalor because they're much less intelligent, and much more prone to crime and indolence, than any other race. It's sad but true. In fact, there are many countries in Africa where the average I.Q. is so low that the majority of their population would be considered mentally re'tarded by American standards.
yeah

Trumbull, CT

#14 Jun 4, 2009
Hold on Now wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree. But what do we do about the idiot above you calling for "reinstation"?
Listen to him?
Danbury

United States

#16 Jun 4, 2009
yeah wrote:
<quoted text>
Listen to him?
...and that's why we must continue to apologize. You can't have it both ways, H i t l e r.
Needs vs Wants

Irving, TX

#21 Jun 5, 2009
Whew ... I am glad the state has gotten this off its chest.

As a life-long resident of the Nutmeg state, I've always felt very guilty that a couple hundred years ago, people living in my town and my state owned slaves. My therapist says this issue has created a repressed guilt in me, and he sees it in many CT residents he works with.

Now we can begin a new era where all races live together is harmony.

"I am free at last. Thank God Almighty, I am free at last!"

Thank you, CT General Assembly.

Now, get back to working on the FREAKIN' budget, you idiots!
danbury

Exeter, NH

#22 Jun 5, 2009
WHEN WILL THEY HAVE A BUDGET!!!

These idiuts in Hartford are doing everything else but their JOBS!

We need to change the law so they can be recalled mid session. Toss them all out!
Resign

Southbury, CT

#23 Jun 5, 2009
Don't just apologize, legislators, do the right thing and resign! We don't need idiots like you.
Simpson

New York, NY

#24 Jun 5, 2009
To the opponents of the apology who don't like the timing, one wonders if they would not have opposed it if they were alive 1-3 years after slavery ended. We all know that would have been a more appropriate time for an apology and reparations and the country (or at least the onew allowed to vote at the time) would have been so much more receptive to it. Right?? I wonder how it slipped their minds?
Frijoles

Hamden, CT

#25 Jun 5, 2009
Look at it this way. At least the leglislature has finally done something that does not cost us money, or make any existing problem worse.
Goodforyou

Minneapolis, MN

#27 Jun 5, 2009
Whether,they apollogize for slavery or not, those privelaged from the racism then and now contiuie to enjoy the privelags of that legacy. The issue is actually racial discrmination.
Get a freakin grip

Stamford, CT

#28 Jun 5, 2009
Slavery?

Hey wasnt this acceptable at one point?

Take a look at America you fools, once we notice something is truly unacceptable we dont allow it anymore!
Anybody remember the days when it was ok to just bury a bucket of old chemicals?

Right or wrong on other issues, you have to give credit to America for changing things once they recognize it isnt right.

Get over the slavery issue already, it has been resolved.
Needs vs Wants

Shelton, CT

#30 Jun 5, 2009
Goodforyou wrote:
Whether,they apollogize for slavery or not, those privelaged from the racism then and now contiuie to enjoy the privelags of that legacy. The issue is actually racial discrmination.
I think this is written in English, but I am not sure.

Please translate.
Nemesys

Danbury, CT

#31 Jun 5, 2009
It is well that the state has apologized.

Slavery was evil because it dehumanized persons by pretending they were not really people by virtue of a shared physical attribute. By keeping the definition of "person" limited out of their owner's convinience, these humans were considered just another part of their owners' own property. Plantation owners exercised Choice in their property managment, keeping some, selling some, and killing some at their whims.

Slave owners took smug satisfaction in that what they did to their property was legal, and told each other that it would never change since the Dredd Scott Supreme Court decision would never be overturned. How fortunate for the cause of human rights that they were so wrong!

Today, we look back on those times as hideous and barbaric. The selfishness and cruelty of those who would treat fellow people as property to be disposed of as they see fit out of their own Choice and convienience is unthinkable today. As part of our state's apology, let's all pledge to continue the American tradition of expanding human rights so that of us, at every age, can enjoy the rights to Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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