"Uh... Sorry about that guys..."

Well-timed given the current presidential race, and CNN's recent broadcasting schedule -- but unconscionably late in the scheme of American history and world affairs -- the House of Representatives finally passed a resolution, apologizing to African-Americans for slavery and Jim Crow laws. Maybe an apology from the White House? Don't worry, I'm sure there are no hard feelings...

The nonbinding resolution, which passed on a voice vote, was introduced by Rep. Steve Cohen, a white lawmaker who represents a majority black district in Memphis, Tennessee.

While many states have apologized for slavery, it is the first time a branch of the federal government has done so, an aide to Cohen said.

In passing the resolution, the House also acknowledged the "injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow."

...The resolution states that "the vestiges of Jim Crow continue to this day."

"African-Americans continue to suffer from the consequences of slavery and Jim Crow -- long after both systems were formally abolished -- through enormous damage and loss, both tangible and intangible, including the loss of human dignity and liberty, the frustration of careers and professional lives, and the long-term loss of income and opportunity," the resolution states.
The House also committed itself to stopping "the occurrence of human rights violations in the future."

The resolution does not address the controversial issue of reparations. Some members of the African-American community have called on lawmakers to give cash payments or other financial benefits to descendents of slaves as compensation for the suffering caused by slavery.

Click here to read more.

As I have said before, I fully support reparations for slavery. Not only because we, as white Americans, have much to repent of. It goes far beyond that. As the CNN article says, "African Americans continue to suffer..."

There is no statute of limitations on sins of our fathers, past down generation-to-generation. An emerging Christianity recognizes the nails pounded into palms and feet of the past. A postmodern Christianity humbly rejects the corrupton of absolute power over a person or a people. As long as the wounds go unmended, unhealed, we have an obligation as a nation to make reparation for a country and economy built on the back of forced free labor.

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