The Georgia NAACP thinks so:
“The time is right for Georgia to take a bold stand and apologize to its citizens for slavery and segregation in our state,” said NAACP President Edward O. DuBose at the press conference.
The request comes a little more than a week after the state of Virginia offered its own expression of “profound regret” for the state’s role in slavery. Lawmakers in Missouri and Tennessee have also begun discussion about an apology.
DuBose said the group is asking that a bill be introduced and a resolution issued by the Georgia General Assembly openly apologizing for slavery and Jim Crow laws that mandated “separate but equal” status for African-Americans.
The NAACP is hoping that the bill passes before the Legislature adjourns in April.
UPDATE: After thinking about this awhile I had this thought: Would an official apology in the form of a resolution passed by the Legislature obligate the taxpayers to reparations? Perhaps one of our legal experts could opine.
Clearly everyone thinks slavery was/is wrong and it’s a stain on our nation’s history. While everyone may feel bad about it, not everyone (myself included) thinks we should make financial reparations.