House Takes Up Apology Resolution

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Washington (AP) The House today considers a resolution apologizing for slavery and racial segregation.

The measure was introduced by congressman Steve Cohen, a white Tennessee Democrat who represents a Memphis district that's mostly African-American.

Cohen has a tough primary fight in 10 days.

The non-binding resolution says an apology can't erase centuries of brutal dehumanization and injustice, but it can speed racial healing and reconciliation and help Americans confront the ghosts of their past.

It also says the vestiges of Jim Crow laws still exist.

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