Thursday, June 18, 2009

Senate Apologizes for Slavery and Segregation

Here on the eve of June 19th, or as it is known here in Texas, Juneteenth, the US Senate has unanimously passed a resolution authored by Senate Democrat Tom Harkin a few years back. The bill expresses the sense in the Senate that it is deeply sorry for 250 years of slavery and 130 years of segregation by race.

The bill has been sent on to the House where it is hoped it will soon pass there as well.

The bill is nonbinding.

No reparations.

No restitution.

Just a simple “Sorry, Dude.”

As a matter of fact there is wording in the bill that nothing in the bill supports restitution by the United States.

So I guess the descendents of slaves will just have to wait a little longer for their promised “40 acres and a mule.


Anonymous said...

Typical crap by politicians. A whole of nothing.

There's no doubt that slavery was one of the worst things in human history.

Hal--regarding restitution, what do you think would be fair? Who would receive restitution?

Anonymous said...

Just as I suspected. Hal, like other Democrats, is quick to point out their support for things such as restitution, but when pressed on what they think the restitution should be they have no answer.

Come on Hal, what would fair resitution be? What do you want Presdident Obama to do about this?

Anonymous said...

Come on Hal, let us know what you'd do about resitution for slavery.

You can take a stronger stand against Olive Garden than you do about restitution for slavery.

Hal said...

Hey Bubba, are you blind? Can't you read? 40 acres and a mule as originally promised by General Sherman.

A promise retracted by Lincoln's successor.

I am beset by ignoramuses on this blog.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah. 40 acres and mule. I'm sure that woud go over really, really well.

Where would the 40 acres be (prime real estate in Manhattan or in the middle of no where in West Texas).

And you didn't answer who would get the restitution? And do you think getting a mule is going to improve their lot in life?

Anonymous said...

Would you be ok with the following Hal?

I found some land for sale in west Texas for $500 an acre. I found a mule for sale for $1000.

You ok with giving cash equivalent for restitution or you want the acreage and mule.

Cash equivalent would be $3000.

Anonymous said...

A promise is a promise; 40 acres and mule is fine. Better late than never and if there are some who would not accept, well so be it. A promise is a promise, on time or late; accept or forever hold your peace. West Texas or wherever in the USA.

Anonymous said...

No one would be happy with said 40 acres and a mule. "A promise is a promise," give me a break. You have never broken a promise?

Take the apology. It's better than a sweep under the rug in America's past.

Hal said...

Whatever. You will never know what will be accepted unless you offer it. And yes, I have broken promises in the past but I have never actually delivered on a promise, then taken it back. If you do the research, you will find that in this specific case 400,000 acres of coastal land was turned over to freed slaves and then Andrew Johnson rescinded the grant and the land was returned to former slave owners.

That, to me, is a shameful travesty.

Anonymous said...

The geneology tree must be branched so far by this point in time that there is no telling how many people would be due land and a mule.
Have you seen the movie, "Defiance"? It ia a true story about how back in World War II the Bielski brothers saved over 1,000 Jewish people by building a camp in the woods. My point is that the descendants of those saved, now number in the tens of thousands. If slavery in america started in 1612 and didn't end until 1865 (; then the ancestors must range well over the tens of thousands. We would not have enough resources to fulfill such a promise.
And who would get another form of the restitution, direct descendants, neices, step children, 5th cousins?
It would be interesting to see how far people would push the issue of their "right to ownership." Like greedy relatives after someones death.