Tuesday, July 29, 2008

US House Apologizes for Slavery

The House of Representatives apologized Tuesday night to Blacks, African-Americans, Coloreds, Negroes - choose your favorite moniker - for slavery and the institutionalized discrimination under the Jim Crow Laws. In a mostly hollow gesture, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), introduced the resolution which was more than 140 years after slavery was abolished in the United States.

Cohen is a white Jew representing a majority-black district in Memphis. Earlier this year, Cohen tried joining the Congressional Black Caucus, but was rebuffed for being the wrong color despite his constituency. In the August Democrat primary, Cohen is in a difficult race against African-American Nikki Tinker, an airline lawyer. "I hope that this is part of the beginning of a dialogue that this country needs to engage in, concerning what the effects of slavery and Jim Crow have been," said Cohen.

Cohen's resolution was co-sponsored by 42 members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.), the House majority whip; Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), chairman of the Judiciary Committee; and Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. None of those caucus members has endorsed his reelection bid. In all 120 Congressmen co-sponsored the apology resolution, amongst them were two Republicans.

Okay, we're sorry. We've said it. We, the White people of America, who never owned slaves, apologize to all the Black Americans who have never been slaves. Not a single Black American exists today who experienced slavery, although the memory of three generations ago persists. Most of the Whites in America have arrived in America during the great European migration of the 20th Century.

What's to be achieved with this apology resolution? No one is going to get 40 acres and a mule. There will be and should be no monetary reparations. We're sorry, now let it go.

If Black Americans truly want reparations, how about joining White Americans in attempting to end slavery as it exists today in Africa and many Muslim countries. This is a subject upon which the American Black community have been conspicuously silent. It would only be appropriate for American Blacks to free thousands or millions of their own cousins held in bondage in the countries dominated by Islam.

If not that, why not at least admit that the White Americans who kept American Blacks down were Democrats. It was the Republicans who first brought freedom to slaves and the later civil rights laws. Abraham Lincoln was a Republican. Martin Luther King was a Republican. The KKK was a Democrat group. Jesse Jackson is a Democrat. Connect the dots.

I've written before about the Black history Democrats don't want to be known. Further reading:

Black Americans Demand Democrat Party Apologize for Slavery
Reasons for Being a Republican
More History Democrats Don't Want You to Know
Republicans Have Never Done Any Good - Right?

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Indigo Rose said...

So, why is this White, Jewish Representative not affronted by being turned away from the (what should be illegal) Black Caucus? Just what is the White Caucus doing to help patch this up? Oh yeah, a group of whites cannot gather because that would be racist.
Did you catch Jesse Jackson's apology a couple weeks ago? He used the 'N' word when he thought his mic was turned off... he also said some negative things regarding Obama. I'm sure the apology was quite sincere.... he REALLY DIDN'T MEAN FOR OTHERS TO HEAR HIM.

dcat said...

My grandmother didn't have anything in her language when she came to the states in 1919!!!

If they want to whine about the past then I have a right to also!!! Damn it! My family wasn’t even here yet! They were fighting the communist and fled! I see nothing has changed it’s my turn now!!!

Indigo Red said...

Oh, I'm sure Jesse didn't want others to hear (wink wink). I think I wrote about the Black Caucus blacklisting of Cohen when it happened. That was back in the bad kitty days of mud.

Much of my famly was not here, either, dcat. However, most were and some of them were slaveholders. But, some others fought and died to free the slaves, so as far as I'm concerned the dept is paid.

If there is to be payments, who pays? Only Whites? Only Whites whose family extends back beyond the Civil War? How about the Asian population who weren't here yet, but are now and identify with being American? Must Michelle Malkin pay? How about the majority of American Blacks who have White ancestry, do they pay pro rata? American Indians - they kept negroes as slaves, and returned runaways, as well as gave shelter - what happens to them? Then there's the Negro slaveholders, what to do about them?

This can get very complicated.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

What a worthless, waste of time! How meaningless is this?!

Maybe this was Cohen's gesture to obtain "street creds" in his race against Nikki Tinker?

Kind of like Obama's attempts:

the researcher determined that Barack Obama is:

1) 50% Caucasian

2) 43.75% Arab, and

3) 6.25% African Negro

This corresponds to a demographic breakdown of his 16 Great-Great-Grandparents as follows: 8 Caucasians, 7 Arabs, and one Negro.

Though Obama's racial/ethnic background is in and of itself irrelevant, it says a great deal about the man when viewed in the context of what he wants people to believe about him. Since entering politics, Obama has strenuously worked to identify himself as an "African American," i.e. as a black man. On what basis, though, does he establish this identity? Genetically, he is infinitesimally black. Culturally, he is white, having been raised in a white family and having known neither his father nor his father's cultural traditions. Socio-economically, he is among the wealthiest and most privileged 0.1% of the U.S. population. Educationally, he's attended -- courtesy of affirmative action -- the finest institutions of higher learning in the country. Obama doesn't even share with the vast majority of American blacks the "legacy of racism." He was born in the post civil rights era and his father was a foreigner, so neither he nor any of his ancestors suffered any racial discrimination. Moreover, there were no slaves among Obama's ancestors, but there were SLAVEHOLDERS and SLAVE TRADERS. Obama, then, has shared not at all in any aspect of the "black experience" as it has come to be defined in America, yet all accounts he's poised to be the "first black President of the United States."

Mike's America said...

It's all about making sure that blacks never forget they are victims and need Democrats to help them overcome imaginery problems.

Indigo Red said...

Geez, Word, I could be 6.25% black for all I know. How little of something does one need to be something else. If I put 6.25% Pepsi in my Coke, would I then have a Pepsi or just something really horribe?

You're right, Mike. Without victimhood, much of the Black industry would crumbled and all we would have left is Americans. Can't have that, can we!