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Slavery Apology Resolution


CNN reports that the House is poised to pass a resolution today apologizing for slavery. The resolution makes no reference to reparations but in the past a congressional apology has been a predicate to reparations (in the late eighties an apology resolution preceded reparations for Japanese Americans placed in internment camps during WWII).

Rep. John Conyers annually introduces a bill to establish a reparations commission. The bill is patterned after the Japanese-American reparations bill.  Conyers’ bill is expected to pass and be signed into law if Sen. Obama is elected in November.


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