In another step in the right direction,
Take that Pat Buchanan, lol.
Next up? An apology from the United States government as a whole would be nice along with reparations.
According to CNN.com, both chambers of the
The resolution notes that
Five other U.S. states have apologized for slavery since last year, including Alabama, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia.
The Florida resolution cites state laws from the 1800s saying that any “slave duly convicted of robbery … or burglary shall suffer death or have his or her ears nailed to posts and there stand for one hour and receive 30 lashes on his or her bare back at the discretion of the court.”
Freed slaves “were denied the right to vote and in later years were, by law, so repressed, restricted and harassed that by 1850 most had been driven from Florida.”
The resolution also “calls for healing and reconciliation among all residents of the state.”