Patt Morrison for Friday, June 19, 2009

Senate Apologizes for Slavery, Does it Mean Anything?

Today is Juneteenth, commemorating the end of the Civil War and the release of African Americans from slavery. So it's fitting that yesterday the Senate unanimously passed a resolution apologizing for slavery. But could the non-binding and purely symbolic resolution anger people more than make them feel better - especially since the resolution dismisses any form of reparations?


Hilary Sheldon, Director of the D.C. Bureau and Senior Vice President of advocacy for the NAACP

Al Brophy, Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina, author of Reparations: Pro and Con, and Reconstructing the Dreamland: The Tulsa Riot of 1921

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