Fri 20 Mar, 2009
Tags: Apologies, Connecticut, Legislation, Racial discrimination, Slavery
On Monday, the State of Connecticut will begin debating an apology for its role in slavery and and racial discrimination.
The apology takes the form of a joint resolution of the Connecticut General Assembly. The proposed resolution, House Joint Resolution No. 1 (H.J.-1), is sponsored by Rep. Kenneth P. Green (D-Hartford) and co-sponsored by Sen. Edith G. Prague (D-Columbia).
The resolution has been referred to the Committee on Government Administration and Elections, which has scheduled a public hearing for Monday, March 23, at 9:30am in Room 2B of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. The complete agenda for the hearing can be found in today’s edition of the legislature’s Bulletin.
The resolution would have the General Assembly “apologize and express the profound regret” for slavery and racial discrimination, and would call upon “all citizens to take part in acts of racial reconciliation.” This would therefore be one of the more direct apologies issued by a state in recent years. The resolution does not review the history of slavery and discrimination, but neither does it announce, as other such apologies have, that the apology could not be used in support of claims for reparations for slavery.