Every now and then, a governing body passes a resolution apologizing to some group for some mistreatment that happened hundreds of years ago, and for which no living person is guilty. This time it's the US Senate indulging in stupid, rhetorical political correctness....
WASHINGTON - The Senate has unanimously passed a resolution apologizing for slavery and racial segregation in the U.S. and sent the measure to the House.
Democrat Tom Harkin first introduced the measure years ago but wanted it passed Thursday on the eve of Juneteenth, June 19, a day of celebration commemorating the end of the Civil War in 1865 and the release of African Americans from slavery. He said the House is to take it up soon and that a formal celebration will be held next month.
If a mugger conks you over the head with a rubber mallet and steals your purse, would it make you feel any better for me to apologize to you for it? Probably not.
How about if you were forced into a pointless, miserable marriage to a shrew like Babs Boxer who makes you call her senator in bed, and you finally get out of it, would it make you feel any better if a total stranger who had nothing to do with you marrying her, told you he was profoundly sorry for you being treated like a house pet all these years? Probably not.
In fact, you would ask yourself, why is this person apologizing for something he didn't do and with which he had absolutely no involvement?
I'd like to hear from some blacks who actually feel better having the senate apologize for slavery, when not one person in the senate owned slaves or had any hand in the slave trade. I'd especially like to know how many of them feel better knowing that reparations are off the table according to this resolution. Probably not many, because reparations is what it's about, not the apology.