The proposed resolution apologizing for slavery gained a very powerful ally yesterday:
The lieutenant governor’s involvement guarantees the resolution will reach the floor for a full vote of the Senate. Cagle said he expected his chamber to move quickly, with none of the emotional debates prompted by previous discussions of Southern history — particularly over the state flag and the Confederate battle emblem.
“It’s one of those issues there’s very strong emotions for,” Cagle said. “They’ve made their case that we’ve never done that in Georgia, and I think the timing is probably right that we express our regret for something that happened over 100 years ago.”
Earlier this month, the NAACP called on the General Assembly and Perdue to apologize for Georgia’s official sanction of slavery, a proposal that many leading lawmakers initially rebuffed. That rejection became more controversial last week, when a Senate committee cleared the way to have April declared “Confederate History and Heritage Month.”