House issues slavery apology

House issues slavery apology

There are 190 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Jul 30, 2008, titled House issues slavery apology. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

The House of Representatives issued an unprecedented apology yesterday to black Americans for wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow segregation laws.

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Wallace

Washington, DC

#1 Jul 30, 2008
A good start...This says that the government is ready to move forward, and try to heal.

We can't remained ashamed of the ugliness that this country inflicted upon people, generations of people, to make it what it is. We must acknowledge the entire story. We can't just cherry-pick and move on.

Slavery was real. Jim Crow and segregation was real. It has an effect to this day on many people, black and white. We have to start, and this is a good start.

And for the record, I don't want reparations, and don't expect them anyway -(I love this country too much to want to bankrupt it)...I have always just wanted a fair chance. This may be the start to establishing that.

“The enemy is in our camp.”

Since: Mar 08

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#2 Jul 30, 2008
Ok, being of Irish decent I want an apology too! We were used and abused and given nothing but grief..."Irish need not apply" were the signs posted a hundred years ago. We had to become cops and gangsters...ok, politicians too. All our inner turmoil caused us to start drinking.

And yes, many were slaves to the English and jumped ship. What a bunch of malarkey for our country to issue an apology for something hundreds of years old! People (like above) say this is a good start. A start! A start of what? What do they want next.

Suck it up people, it's history!
moe green

Westminster, MD

#3 Jul 30, 2008
when will the blacks appologize for all the evo that they have brought upon this country? name one area where whites have left, blacks have moved in and the quality of life has improved?
blacks expect something for nothing, everything handed to them. they do not want equal, they want more than equal.
Pearl

Hunt Valley, MD

#4 Jul 30, 2008
I agree. The battle of slavery and Jim Crow were not the fight of today's generation, though they claim they still hurt. Hurt from what? Most of the population claiming they were hurt weren't even born when there were segregation laws. The only hurt they feel is what parents and grandparents have pounded into their heads. Exactly as the previous post says "that's history" and no apology will erase it.
Steve

Washington, DC

#5 Jul 30, 2008
What a joke! It's sad Congress has nothing better to do than this meaningless crap!
Surf52

Baltimore, MD

#6 Jul 30, 2008
I thought the south seceded because President Lincoln and the Republicans in Congress were seen as being anti-slavery.

So shouldn't it be up to the Confederacy to apologize for slavery?

I'd like to apologize for the French and Indian war while I'm at it, as well as all of Cortez's conquests.

Since: May 08

Elkton, MD

#7 Jul 30, 2008
Wallace wrote:
A good start...This says that the government is ready to move forward, and try to heal.
We can't remained ashamed of the ugliness that this country inflicted upon people, generations of people, to make it what it is. We must acknowledge the entire story. We can't just cherry-pick and move on.
Slavery was real. Jim Crow and segregation was real. It has an effect to this day on many people, black and white. We have to start, and this is a good start.
And for the record, I don't want reparations, and don't expect them anyway -(I love this country too much to want to bankrupt it)...I have always just wanted a fair chance. This may be the start to establishing that.
Did you skip your high school history class? Everything you mentioned is taught in history class. Our history has been acknowledged over and over ad infinitum! I am not a racist and I do understand our history. I think that our House of Representatives must not have enough to do that they spent our tax dollars on this non-issue. Apologize for what? As a nation, if we allow events from over 100 years ago impede our national progress, then we are surely destined for failure. How about an apology from Congress for the gross mis-appropriation of funds just in the past 8 years for their pork-barrel schemes that only benefit their re-election campaigns? While their at it, how about an apology for how the Native Americans, Irish, Chinese, Japanese, Italians, Sicilians, Jews, Atheists, Women, Military Veterans have all been abused and mistreated by the governemnt during our history? I apologize if I left anyone out...you see, Blacks do not have a monopoly on being beaten down by our government and its people.
Sandi

United States

#8 Jul 30, 2008
bluehen80 - you are sooooo right.
Surf52

Baltimore, MD

#10 Jul 30, 2008
Note to Congress: I lost 2 ancestors at a minor disturbance at some podunk town in Pennsylvania, I believe they call Gettysburg.

Do not apologize in my name. We gave our apology in blood.
jbmanner

Troy, MI

#11 Jul 30, 2008
bluehen80 and Sandi.....I strongly agree with you both.
GiveMe a Break

Richmond, VA

#12 Jul 30, 2008
A-Patriot wrote:
Ok, being of Irish decent I want an apology too! We were used and abused and given nothing but grief..."Irish need not apply" were the signs posted a hundred years ago. We had to become cops and gangsters...ok, politicians too. All our inner turmoil caused us to start drinking.
And yes, many were slaves to the English and jumped ship. What a bunch of malarkey for our country to issue an apology for something hundreds of years old! People (like above) say this is a good start. A start! A start of what? What do they want next.
Suck it up people, it's history!
good thing you got that whole "white skin" thing working for you though. From afar no one can tell which part of Europe you are actually from, and no one cares, so shut the hell up you whiny white boy.
GiveMe a Break

Richmond, VA

#13 Jul 30, 2008
bluehen80 wrote:
<quoted text>Did you skip your high school history class? Everything you mentioned is taught in history class. Our history has been acknowledged over and over ad infinitum! I am not a racist and I do understand our history. I think that our House of Representatives must not have enough to do that they spent our tax dollars on this non-issue. Apologize for what? As a nation, if we allow events from over 100 years ago impede our national progress, then we are surely destined for failure. How about an apology from Congress for the gross mis-appropriation of funds just in the past 8 years for their pork-barrel schemes that only benefit their re-election campaigns? While their at it, how about an apology for how the Native Americans, Irish, Chinese, Japanese, Italians, Sicilians, Jews, Atheists, Women, Military Veterans have all been abused and mistreated by the governemnt during our history? I apologize if I left anyone out...you see, Blacks do not have a monopoly on being beaten down by our government and its people.
first of all you ARE A RACIST! only a bitter jerk racist would always point the finger at something else instead of the issue at hand. This article nor was that apology about misappropriated funds, it was about SLAVERY.

and as far as the typical white person response of "Just get over it, it was sooooooo long ago, that is by far the dumbest thing i've ever heard.

Independence from England was done how long ago? Yet, I bet you gladly take off every 4th of July, so give it a rest. And if you don't like the fact the Government is trying to apologize for an obvious wrongdoing in history, you are a scumbag plain and simple, a jealous, bitter racist scumbag and you closet racists are the biggest cowards known to man.
Pearl

Hunt Valley, MD

#15 Jul 30, 2008
GiveMe a Break - take it easy - you're lowering yourself to the standard of which you are being held for and stereotyped as. This is why it is such a non-issue with white people. Black people DEMAND everything and resort to name calling and finger pointing. The only oppression happening is within their own race, not the government's. And yet I guess you gladly take off on the 4th of July as well. You weren't the slave and I bet you weren't even around when the segregation laws were still being enforced. What have you got to be mad over so much that you DEMAND an apology? You've probably got a nice house, making a nice living and raising your family to respect the values of all citizens. That's great. But don't demand something that you were not involved in nor have any living experience with. Just because you're ancestors were part of it doesn't mean you were or that you know anything about it except my "people were slaves" or "my people weren't allowed in white establishments".
ummmmmmm

Lawrence, MI

#16 Jul 30, 2008
Michigan apologizing for slavery?

Well then I should get an apology because I'm a Michigan republican.
Surf52

Baltimore, MD

#17 Jul 30, 2008
ummmmmmm wrote:
Michigan apologizing for slavery?
Well then I should get an apology because I'm a Michigan republican.
And I should get protected minority status as a Maryland republican.
Our Turn

Snow Hill, MD

#18 Jul 30, 2008
well well well. the govment finelly make a feeble atempt to fix the atrositys it comit to peoples of color. i say to little to late! the only real right way to fix things is REPIRATION now!
but hey thas ok caused Barack will finelly do the right thing and make repirationes after he get in WHite house!

I demand repiartion for the white mans greed holding down the blackman for soo long!

YES WE CAN! OBama o8!!
Surf52

Baltimore, MD

#19 Jul 30, 2008
Our Turn wrote:
well well well. the govment finelly make a feeble atempt to fix the atrositys it comit to peoples of color. i say to little to late! the only real right way to fix things is REPIRATION now!
but hey thas ok caused Barack will finelly do the right thing and make repirationes after he get in WHite house!
I demand repiartion for the white mans greed holding down the blackman for soo long!
YES WE CAN! OBama o8!!
I think the fact you can't spell is holding you down. Baltimore City School grad?
Not Sorry

Hunt Valley, MD

#20 Jul 30, 2008
Our Turn wrote:
well well well. the govment finelly make a feeble atempt to fix the atrositys it comit to peoples of color. i say to little to late! the only real right way to fix things is REPIRATION now!
but hey thas ok caused Barack will finelly do the right thing and make repirationes after he get in WHite house!
I demand repiartion for the white mans greed holding down the blackman for soo long!
YES WE CAN! OBama o8!!
If you can't spell the work reparations, then you don't need to be collecting. I demand reparation for the welfare and foodstamps I can't collect.
Not Sorry

Hunt Valley, MD

#21 Jul 30, 2008
That should read "If you ca't spell the WORD reparations,"
Not Sorry

Hunt Valley, MD

#22 Jul 30, 2008
Oh, screw it! You don't deserve reparations because nothing was done to you personally

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