TIME WITHOUT OFFICIAL APOLOGY FOR SLAVERY

Okay, so Senator John McCain and the Republicans want to call out Senator Barack Obama for not visiting Iraq enough. They’ve even added a timer to the Republican National Committee’s website counting the days since Obama was last in Iraq.

No problem, I have a timer of my own for the Republican National Committee, McCain, Bush, Cheney, and the entire executive branch of the U.S. Government.

The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which abolished slavery, was declared on December 18, 1865 in a proclamation by Secretary of State William Henry Seward, to have been ratified by the legislatures of twenty-seven of the then thirty-six states.

But 142 years later and still counting, still no official apology on behalf of the U.S. Government as a whole. What’s up with that McCain?

And I’m just talking about slavery, I didn’t include the years of rampant individual and institutionalized racism on Blacks from whites that followed (and still does) in the years after the 13th Amendment was made into law.

Furthermore, I truly feel that if the Congressional Black Caucus wanted to do something constructive, taking up the issue of a national apology for slavery would be it—well that and reparations, I got to keep it real.

So if McCain and the GOP can call out Obama, I can and will call out McCain, the GOP, and the U.S. Government for their failure to address the open wounds of Blacks and ease racial tensions by offering an official apology to Blacks for slavery in what is now commonly referred to as the United States of America. And until such apology is put forth at the executive level, I think I’ll keep my timer counting the years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, and seconds…

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