Just when I thought things couldn't get any more ridiculous in Washington, the Senate goes and unanimously approves a resolution apologizing for slavery. (Unanimously only because if someone voted against it, they would be asked to resign on the grounds of being a "racist.") Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said, "It is important to have a collective response to a collective injustice." Now I have a two things to say about that:
1) His use of the term "collective injustice" is, quite plainly, moronic. I did not own slaves; my parents did not own slaves; my grandparents did not own slaves; and my great-grandparents weren't even born here, so I'm pretty sure they didn't own any slaves either (heck, my ancestors further back could have been slaves themselves). I'm sure this goes for most Americans out there.
2) We already had a collective response to slavery - the Civil War. 360,000 Union soldiers died in that war - I think that's reparation enough. (Even though the Civil War was more about keeping the Union together than about slavery, the point is that, ultimately, the slaves were freed.)
Carol M. Swain, a professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University, called the Democratic-controlled Senate's resolution "meaningless" since the party and federal government are led by a black president and black voters are closely aligned with the Democratic party. "The Republican Party needed to do it," she said. "It would have shed that racist scab on the party."
1) Our black president is not even 100% black, AND his father was from Kenya. So I'm not really sure what his being black has to do with it.
2) Racist scab? I don't know any racist Republicans. Sure, there's some crazies still in the South, but there's also some crazies in the Democratic party. See: Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Bill Ayers...
Look, if the Senate is going to apologize for slavery, I want it to apologize for kicking out the American Indians (I loathe the term "Native American") - oh wait - it already did that by giving them free college. Ok, then I want it to apologize for other social "injustices" - Medicaid, Welfare, ABORTION, and every other stupid, vile, heinous resolution or law that it has ever passed.
While we're on the second Apology Tour, how about the South apologizes for Jim Crow laws, Germany apologizes for Hitler, Rome apologizes for Nero, Greece apoligizes for Alexander the Great, and God apologizes for Eve, mosquitos, and carbon dioxide.
Martin Luther King, Jr. did not spend his life fighting for equality (and eventually dying for it) so that we could have some elitist Senators apologize for slavery some 144 years after it was banned.
My point is, apologizing for slavery and saying that we should all be sorry for it is nauseating.
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