Sat 26 Jul, 2008
Tags: Apologies, H.Res. 194, Legislation, Slavery, Steve Cohen
Politico.com is reporting this morning that the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to consider an apology for slavery and discrimination next week.
H.Res. 194, introduced last year by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and co-sponsored by 120 representatives, would acknowledge the consequences of slavery and the century of brutal discrimination which followed.
The resolution would also have the House apologize “to African Americans on behalf of the people of the United States” for the harm done to them and to their ancestors. Finally, the resolution would express the commitment of the House “to rectify the lingering consequences” of this history.
H.Res. 194 will be taken up under suspension, which requires a two-thirds vote of the House.
In the Senate, Brownback and Harkin have pledged to introduce a similar resolution apologizing for slavery, which has the support of 17 co-sponsors, including Clinton and Obama. The Senate apology, rather than referring to rectifying the past, would explicitly reject reparations.