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Historic Day: House formally apologizes for slavery and Jim Crow

Posted July 29th, 2008 by

House Resolution 194 was passed this evening by a voice vote of the U.S. House of Representatives. With its passage the House formally apologizes to black Americans for the wrongs suffered by their ancestors under the government-sanctioned institutions of slavery and Jim Crow

From the bill:

Resolved, That the House of Representatives–

(1) acknowledges the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow;

(2) apologizes to African-Americans on behalf of the people of the United States, for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow; and

(3) expresses its commitment to rectify the lingering consequences of the misdeeds committed against African-Americans under slavery and Jim Crow and to stop the occurrence of human rights violations in the future.

Today represents a milestone in our nation’s efforts to remedy the ills of our past,” said Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, D-Mich., chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

From the website of Rep. Steve Cohen, sponsor of H. Res. 194.

Read more here, here, here, and here.

2 responses to “Historic Day: House formally apologizes for slavery and Jim Crow”

  1. […] Senator McCain offered his strong support for such an apology as well. The House passed a similar resolution last July, but my understanding of a concurrent resolution (thanks, James!) is that this bill will […]

  2. […] and Jim Crow he blames it all on the South. Here’s what he said to Rep. Cohen (who sponsored H.Res. 194, the House apology bill that passed in July 2008): Why should the whole country apologize for what […]

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