The House is apologizing for Slavery and Jim Crow. That's great. But hopefully this won't put us in some sort of a cycle that talks about reparations again. We all know that we won't be seeing a check in the mail, the logistics alone are beyond a nightmare. But I think this move will bring Obama's campaign down a notch.
Rational: Whitefolk are probably getting a little tired of the Black America/Obama coverage on CNN. This one will probably take the cake as the CRIC takes to the news shows to talk about reparations after the apology. Because after you apologize for something, you agree to make up for it. That also means Obama will have to go on record of whether he believes in reparations. If he says yes, he won't be elected head dogcatcher, bottom line. If he says no, then the black community split on their love for him and he may lose some momentum. Either way, he loses and McCain takes over in the polls. Sneaky move in the House. Cohen set it up, but I wouldn't be surprised if a Republican was the one that got this going. Very Orwellian of you.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The House of Representatives was poised Tuesday to pass a resolution apologizing to African-Americans for slavery and the era of Jim Crow.
The nonbinding resolution, which is expected to pass, was introduced by Rep. Steve Cohen, a white lawmaker who represents a majority black district in Memphis, Tennessee.
While many states have apologized for slavery, it will be first time a branch of the federal government will apologize for slavery if the resolution passes, an aide to Cohen said.
By passing the resolution, the House would also acknowledge the "injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow," the period after slavery was abolished in which African-Americans were denied the right to vote and other civil liberties. The resolution states that "the vestiges of Jim Crow continue to this day."
"African-Americans continue to suffer from the consequences of slavery and Jim Crow -- long after both systems were formally abolished -- through enormous damage and loss, both tangible and intangible, including the loss of human dignity and liberty, the frustration of careers and professional lives, and the long-term loss of income and opportunity," the resolution states.
The House would also commit itself to stopping "the occurrence of human rights violations in the future," if it passes the resolution.
The resolution does not address the controversial issue of reparations. Some members of the African-American community have called on lawmakers to give cash payments or other financial benefits to descendents of slaves as compensation for the suffering caused by slavery.