Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Apology for slavery?


Congressman Steve Cohen

Finaly it has happened the House on Tuesday 29th July issued an unprecedented apology to black Americans for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow segregation laws.

This is the work of the only White Congressman representing a majority black constituency, Congressman Steve Cohen of Tennessee. I was curious to know what type of white person had the heart and courage to make such a move after so many have lacked not only courage but some basic humane skills to do so. Then I discovered that the congressman is Jewish, and like we all know, the Jews have been partners in Civil Rights struggles so that shouldn't be too much of a surprise. Also his constituency is over 60% black.

I can't help but wonder if there is a non Jewish white Congress man with a majority constituency of non blacks that would ever have the ability to do the same.
So this apology being pushed by a person whose heritage had little to do with slavery really still puts the political leadership to shame. I applaud Congressman Cohen's amazing accomplishment. I expected a little more from Washington for such a long overdue gesture. It looks to me like one victim consoling another while the oppressor looks on. Maybe in afew days we will get the real position of Washington but for now it all looks a little bizzare.