How did I miss this?
“Granted, many of the victims’ descendants will deem a belated official apology sorely inadequate. Mere empty words. Indeed, how could saying “sorry” ever be enough to cure a wrong as profound as mass enslavement? It cannot. But a well-made apology can formally acknowledge America’s collective history and offer a necessary first step in righting the national conscience by affirming its principles.”
Fuck an apology, acknowledgement and affirming this nation’s hypocritical conscious and principles. Fuck Congress’ empty words and gestures. Cut the fucking check, pay what is owed and release any and all legal bondages/hurdles to black self determination. That’s still getting off cheap.
Opinion | Atoning for America’s “original sin”: The case for a national apology for slavery
A national apology would not be the last word on righting the historical wrong — leaving open the reparations question — but it would be an essential act of contrition.