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Apologies for Slavery, Now where is my reparations!

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The United States Senate passed a resolution formally apologizing for the enslavement and segregation of African-Americans or better known as - black folks. The strongly-worded resolution, which comes 144 years after the Civil War and 45 years after the Civil Rights Act, describes "the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow laws." Now that Congress "apologizes to African-Americans on behalf of the people of the United States, for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors." is it all over? Are you happy? You remember how former President Bill Clinton expressed regret for America's role in the slave trade, and President George W. Bush called it "one of the great crimes of history" when he visited Goree Island off the coast of Senegal. ... Well folks that is all your getting a sorry.... Now there is a disclaimer saying that it does not support or authorize any claim against the United States. In other words: We're sorry. But that doesn't mean you're going to get anything for it. But, as Cynthia Gordy writes a great article on Essence OnLine, There is, however, a historic precedent to reparations paid by the U.S. government. The 1988 Congressional apology to Japanese-Americans for internment during World War II, for example, was followed by about $1.6 billion in reparations that were given to victims of internment and their heirs. The government has also paid reparations to some of descendants of Native Americans. So, is an apology to African-Americans without accountability enough? ... Let' talk about this issue on AA Political Pundit's Political Slugfest with your co-host Antoinette and AAPP. If you can handle the truth!