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Well, our Governor apologized for slavery

. . . and what the hell for? I've never owned a slave. No one I know has ever owned one. No one I've ever known that has lived has owned one. I don't know of a single person alive today in the U.S. that was ever a slave in this country. So, how can those who never wronged anyone in this manner set things straight for all those who have long since died, who were? WTF is the matter with people???

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Maybe Kamil was once a resident of your fair state?
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. . . and what the hell for? I've never owned a slave. No one I know has ever owned one. No one I've ever known that has lived has owned one. I don't know of a single person alive today in the U.S. that was ever a slave in this country. So, how can those who never wronged anyone in this manner set things straight for all those who have long since died, who were? WTF is the matter with people???
I think anything that attempts to atone for three hundred years of murder, kidnapping and rape done under the color of the laws of your state is a step in the right direction, and that your state has every obligation to apologize for it's past of barbarism.

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I think anything that attempts to atone for three hundred years of murder, kidnapping and rape done under the color of the laws of your state is a step in the right direction, and that your state has every obligation to apologize for it's past of barbarism.
WTF, are you of German heritage?
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Was he apologizing for American slavery or Chinese Slavery? After all most Americans seem to have no problem supporting Chinese slavery for cost cutter prices at Walmart.

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. . . and what the hell for? I've never owned a slave. No one I know has ever owned one. No one I've ever known that has lived has owned one. I don't know of a single person alive today in the U.S. that was ever a slave in this country. So, how can those who never wronged anyone in this manner set things straight for all those who have long since died, who were? WTF is the matter with people???
It's just an apology, right? What's the big deal?
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It's just an apology, right? What's the big deal?
Jilly just wait and soon enough there will be lawsuits for fincancial compensation piling up. I better go forge some papers so I can get me an Escalade
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When I lived in Arizona...a long time ago -- our then-governor Evan Mecham offered a half-hearted apology for publicly referring to African-Americans as "pickaninnies". In his "apology" he said he didn't know it was wrong, since that's what "everyone" called them when he was growing up. (Heck, racists were using the N word back then, too, why not just use that?) And that was a crap apology for something he actually did.

Young or old, Mecham was still a clueless, paranoid, racist buffoon. And that would be the nicest thing you could say about him.

So I say to cmitch's governor, more power to him.

Siding with Jilly here, it's just an apology, an expression of regret, sort of akin to when a friend tells you their dad just died. You say you're sorry not as an expression of guilt or acceptance of blame for the event, but rather as a show of sympathy, empathy and support. What's so wrong with that?

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Jilly just wait and soon enough there will be lawsuits for fincancial compensation piling up. I better go forge some papers so I can get me an Escalade
Good Idea, dye that curly hair of yours black and you could maybe pass for a nappy headed ho.
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In an interesting footnote, one of the first steps by former American slaves who returned to Africa, and founded Liberia in 1847 with help of the US Goverment, was to take slaves themselves.
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