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  • The US government should apologize for slavery.

    4 9.09%
  • The people should apologize for slavery

    1 2.27%
  • Since elected officials represent us they should apologize in our name.

    1 2.27%
  • The people in Africa whose ancestors captured and sold people into slavery.

    4 9.09%
  • The governments of various countries in Africa were the slave trade once occurred.

    3 6.82%
  • Government officials in Africa apologizing in the name of their constituents.

    1 2.27%
  • No one should apologize for slavery.

    37 84.09%
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    Re: Who should appologize for slavery?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    The government represents you. so what ever they do they do in your name,so the government apologizing is the same thing as you apologizing. If normal citizens shouldn't apologize because that was in the past then why should the government apologize? It takes two to tango and when slavery was legal a lot of normal people contributed to slavery by either owning or selling slaves or working as overseers.
    But no one who is alive today has actually been a slave owner. The government on the otherhand is immortal, so the blood is still on their hands.

    I suppose I am just wondering how the people would apologize for slavery. Does everyone who had ancestors that contributed to slavery just sign some petition or something?

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    Re: Who should appologize for slavery?

    Quote Originally Posted by nerv14 View Post
    But no one who is alive today has actually been a slave owner. The government on the otherhand is immortal, so the blood is still on their hands.
    The government is not immortal and it is made up of people whom our citizens put into office or take out of office by voting for them or their opponents. Those in the government regardless if they were voted into office or appointed are the employees of the people(amazing how libs seem to forget this fact). They are representatives of the people and what ever they do they do in our name and our behalf.(amazing how libs seem to forget these details).

    Even if we lived in a monarchy the Queen or King would not be responsible for what one their inbred ancestors di and therefore would have nothing to apologize for. Even if we lived in a dictatorship our government wouldn't be responsible for the actions of those before them.

    I suppose I am just wondering how the people would apologize for slavery.
    Since the government represents the people then all the government would need to do is sign some piece of paper saying they apologize for slavery.

    Does everyone who had ancestors that contributed to slavery just sign some petition or something?
    If thats the way to make it official then I guess thats what would have to be done. Maybe use tax breaks or something else as a bribe to get people to sign it.
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    Re: Who should appologize for slavery?

    Last time I checked the United States government fought a war to end the practice of slavery and over 100,000 Americans died in that conflict.

    Why does any element of the government today have to apologize after that?

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    Re: Who should appologize for slavery?

    Quote Originally Posted by faminedynasty View Post
    After all, it's the same government that facilitated slavery...
    Uh, no, it's not. It's not the same government at all. The government of which you speak has long since vanished from the Earth.

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    Re: Who should appologize for slavery?

    Quote Originally Posted by faminedynasty View Post
    The government ought to apologize for slavery. After all, it's the same government that facilitated slavery, it never fell to a revolution.
    No it's not. Since we have a representative democracy, the government represents it's constituents. No constituent alive to today ever voted a slave owning or promoting politician into office.

    And the economic effects of slavery are still obvious today. The average black family has around 1/6th the wealth of the average white family.
    Sounds to me like the average black family needs to spend less time pointing to the wealth of others and more time creating some wealth for itself.

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    Re: Who should appologize for slavery?

    I think Bill Wennington should do the apologizing.

    Black people respect a honkey with three rings. Plus he's Canadian so it doesn't look like we're admitting any wrongdoing.
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    Re: Who should appologize for slavery?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    I think Bill Wennington should do the apologizing.

    Black people respect a honkey with three rings. Plus he's Canadian so it doesn't look like we're admitting any wrongdoing.
    Bah, he's got nothing on the Australian terror Luc Longley. I think they should be the non-american spokes person for it
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    Re: Who should appologize for slavery?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Bah, he's got nothing on the Australian terror Luc Longley. I think they should be the non-american spokes person for it
    The Australians won't let him do it.

    Maybe Tony Kukoc? It's not like Croatia's a real country anyway.
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    Re: Who should appologize for slavery?

    Nobody should apologize for it, there's nobody to apologize to, anyone who was ever a slave is long since dead and most certainly nobody who is alive today deserves any sort of reparations for it.

    We need to acknowledge that it was wrong, but it's been over for more than 150 years and it's time to move on and get over it.
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    Re: Who should appologize for slavery?

    If it were a really big deal for anybody we could just apologize quickly and be over with it.
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