(CNSNews.com) – The House of Representatives, by voice vote Tuesday evening, passed a resolution apologizing for the enslavement and racial segregation of African-Americans. It is the first time the federal government has ever formally apologized for slavery or racial segregation.
Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee introduced the measure in February. Many of Cohen’s Memphis-area constituents are black.
“I am very proud that my colleagues in the House of Representatives passed our resolution apologizing for slavery and Jim Crow in the United States,” Cohen said in a statement after the resolution passed.
“This is a historic moment in the ongoing struggle for civil rights in this country, and I hope that this legislation can serve to open the dialogue on race and equality for all. Apologies are not empty gestures, but are a necessary first step towards any sort of reconciliation between people.” Read More..
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