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    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The House of Representatives was poised Tuesday to pass a resolution apologizing to African-Americans for slavery and the era of Jim Crow.

    The nonbinding resolution, which is expected to pass, was introduced by Rep. Steve Cohen, a white lawmaker who represents a majority black district in Memphis, Tennessee.

    While many states have apologized for slavery, it will be first time a branch of the federal government will apologize for slavery if the resolution passes, an aide to Cohen said.

    By passing the resolution, the House would also acknowledge the "injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow."

    "Jim Crow," or Jim Crow laws, were state and local laws enacted mostly in the Southern and border states of the United States between the 1870s and 1965, when African-Americans were denied the right to vote and other civil liberties and were legally segregated from whites.

    The name "Jim Crow" came from a character played by T.D. "Daddy" Rice who portrayed a slave while in blackface during the mid-1800s.

    The resolution states that "the vestiges of Jim Crow continue to this day."

    "African-Americans continue to suffer from the consequences of slavery and Jim Crow -- long after both systems were formally abolished -- through enormous damage and loss, both tangible and intangible, including the loss of human dignity and liberty, the frustration of careers and professional lives, and the long-term loss of income and opportunity," the resolution states.

    The House would also commit itself to stopping "the occurrence of human rights violations in the future," if it passes the resolution.
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    The resolution does not address the controversial issue of reparations. Some members of the African-American community have called on lawmakers to give cash payments or other financial benefits to descendents of slaves as compensation for the suffering caused by slavery.

    The resolution will not be the first time lawmakers have apologized to an ethnic group for past injustices.

    In April, the Senate passed a resolution sponsored by Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, that apologized to Native Americans for "the many instances of violence, maltreatment and neglect."

    In 1993, the Senate also passed a resolution apologizing for the "illegal overthrow" of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1893.

    In 1988, Congress passed and President Reagan signed a law apologizing to the 120,000 Japanese-Americans who were held in detention camps during World War II. The 60,000 detainees who were alive at the time each received $20,000 from the government

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    bring on them reparations...we need it


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    They need to do more than apologize for all the **** they put us through

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    I wonder who is gona apologize for September 11th and the war in Iraq. There are so many young woman and men dying everyday...I can't wait till that apology comes out....This goverment is a piece of ****. But I love the fact that I have the freedom to say that...:happy002:
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    Everyone is happy now that the gov't wants to apologize. I'd try to win blacks over too, now that we're enslaving ourselves. This makes the government appear to have made some sort of improvement, I don't see it. What is apologizing doing for inner city school systems now? What about job opportunities? The damage is done. We'll fight ourselves rather than fight for a cause. I would like to see alot of people get involved with my type of work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cleaves05 View Post
    Everyone is happy now that the gov't wants to apologize. I'd try to win blacks over too, now that we're enslaving ourselves. This makes the government appear to have made some sort of improvement, I don't see it. What is apologizing doing for inner city school systems now? What about job opportunities? The damage is done. We'll fight ourselves rather than fight for a cause. I would like to see alot of people get involved with my type of work.
    What type of work do you do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabulous View Post
    What type of work do you do?
    yeah id like to know too


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    Apolgies...**** that,..WHERE IS MY 40 ACRES?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HipHop.I.AM View Post
    Apolgies...**** that,..WHERE IS MY 40 ACRES?
    i dont think we ever gone get no reparations...i think the government is too scared to give us anything , especially a lump some of money


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