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Politics Race Matters

UPDATE: House Apologizes to Blacks for Slavery & Jim Crow

The House of Representatives issued a groundbreaking apology to African Americans for slavery and Jim Crow segregation laws.

“Today represents a milestone in our nation’s efforts to remedy the ills of our past,” Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick of Michigan, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said.

Although the unprecedented federal apology doesn’t mention reparations for the suffering caused to black Americans and their ancestors, Tennessee Democrat Steve Cohen (pictured with Barack Obama), who spearheaded the resolution, said, “Slavery and Jim Crow are stains upon what is the greatest nation on the face of the earth.”

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ObamaNation Politics

ObamaNation: Jackson Apologizes For Saying Obama Talks Down to Blacks

To paraphrase Rodney King: Can’t we all just get along?

After Rev. Jesse Jackson claimed that Barack Obama seems to be “talking down to black people” when addressing black churches and pledging to cut Obama’s “nuts off,” the civil rights leader apologized for his comments, according to CNN.

Calling the remarks he made on Fox News “crude and hurtful,” Jackson explains, “I was in a conversation with a fellow guest at Fox on Sunday. He asked about Barack’s speeches lately at the black churches. I said it can come off as speaking down to black people.”

Is Jackson specifically referencing Obama’s Father’s Day speech at the Apostolic Church of God on Chicago’s South Side, where the presidential hopeful urged black fathers to be more engaged in their children’s lives?

Clarifying his comments in a written statement, Jackson, who unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984, said:

“My appeal was for the moral content of his message to not only deal with the personal and moral responsibility of black males, but to deal with the collective moral responsibility of government and the public policy which would be a corrective action for the lack of good choices that often led to their irresponsibility.”


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