Virginia apologizes 4 Slavery

Yesterday, Virginia’s general assembly voted unanimously to pass a resolution apologizing for enslavement. As the former capital of the Confederacy, it’s fitting that Virginia became the first state to take such action. They also expressed remorse for their exploitation of Native Amercian people.

“For there to be true reconciliation over slavery, there has to be an apology.” (read article here.)

We’ve discussed the prospect of an “apology” several times on Blackdemics, first in our Interview with John Hope Franklin, then later in the discussion with Ama Ata Aidoo, where she talked about Ghana offering an apology for thier role in slavery. Many activists feel that an apology is the first real step towards demanding reparations. But I’m not convinced that the United States will follow Virginia’s example. 400 years might still be too soon for the Bush administration.. but this is a nice start. So now that we have an apology, when can we start expecting conditions for Black people to improve?

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Published on February 25, 2007 at 11:13 pm. 7 Comments.
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