North Korea threatening to shoot a missile toward Hawaii. Iran in the midst of revolution while trying to obtain nukes. Unemployment approaching 10% in the US. A trillion and a half dollar deficit.
Yet, this is what our elected officials choose to devote their time doing:
From the Kansas City Star:
Senate apologizes for slavery
By unanimous consent, the Senate passed a resolution a short time ago apologizing for slavery and racial segregation.
Republican Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, one of the sponsors, said the measure was no “panacea,” but could help trigger “reconciliation.”
“I am pleased that Congress has officially offered an apology for slavery and it’s long overdue,” he said. “The formation of my home state of Kansas was centered around slavery and came to be known as ‘Bleeding Kansas.’ I believe that this official apology will enable our nation to begin healing our racial wounds rooted in the institution of slavery.”
Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, was the other sponsor.
The passage coincides with Juneteenth, a celebration which commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S.
The measure “apologizes to African-Americans on behalf of the people of the United States, for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow laws.”
It also “acknowledges the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow laws.”
In addition, it “expresses its recommitment to the principle that all people are created equal and endowed with inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and calls on all people of the United States to work toward eliminating racial prejudices, injustices and discrimination from our society.”
The apology, which now goes to the House, is not unique. Congress has formally apologized to Native Americans, to Japanese Americans for their internment during World War II, to Hawaiians for overthrowing their king, and for never enacting anti-lynching legislation.
This hollow, political pandering is getting tiresome.
It is bad enough we have a President who goes to foreign countries and trashes the US for its past transgressions.
Everyone with a brain knows slavery was and is wrong. It is a blight on our nation’s past. But it is the past. The seemingly endless narrative serves not to help understand and learn from it, but only holds the country in a perpetual state of guilt for that from which we’ve moved on.
Acknowledgment is one thing. Obsession is another.
These senators would do well to direct their energies toward problems which actually exist, instead of trying to curry favor with people by dredging up terrible periods of our past.