Thursday, June 18, 2009

Harkin Slavery Resolution Passed

Harkin Slavery Resolution Passed

A Tom Harkin-sponsored resolution apologizing for slavery passed the Senate today.

"It's long past due. A national apology by the representative body of the people is a necessary collective response to a past collective injustice," Harkin said. "So it is both appropriate and imperative that Congress fulfill its moral obligation and officially apologize for slavery and Jim Crow laws."

But some House members criticized the Senate resolution because it specifically disclaims the idea of reparations to descendants of slaves. A House resolution, which does not mention reparations either way, passed last year, and a July 7 Capitol ceremony is planned to mark passage of the apology resolutions.

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