Thursday, October 24, 2013


March 31, 2008

"Florida has become the sixth U.S. state to apologize for slavery."

I don't think too much of this.

1) It's moral preening. "We're great, other people are evil." I mean they're not apologizing for something they actually did, like raise taxes--that would be nice--but for the actions of others.

2) America has already apologized for slavery. It's called the 13th Amendment.

3) It's an empty gesture--if we're lucky. The resolution calls for "healing and reconciliation among all residents of the state." Well, anyone who feels aggrieved may look at this apology and ask for some action to back it up. Either they won't get it, and go on feeling aggrieved, or they might get it, and suddenly we've gone from apology to bad government programs. (In the unlikely case it's a good government program, let's do it anyway without apology.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's necessary because so many of the twangy types speak and act as if they still aren't particularly bothered by their legacy.

I personally think they should apologize for the War of Southern Treachery but since we long ago decided to name US military bases after guys who actually took up arms against America (eg Fort Hood) and saw confederate flags at the pro-Shutdown rallies, I don't expect that one.

7:14 AM, October 24, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once we get into this apology racket it never ends. Time for the left to apologize for destroying our inner cities, and time for the civil rights establishment to apologize for the regular riots and crime they encourage.

9:41 AM, October 24, 2013  

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