US Senate apologizes for slavery

June 19th, 2009 - 3:08 am ICT by IANS  

Barack Obama Washington, June 19 (DPA) The US Senate offered a formal apology for slavery Thursday, five months after Barack Obama became the country’s first African-American president.
The Senate’s non-binding resolution “acknowledges the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery” in the past US history.

It follows a similar apology that was adopted by the lower House of Representatives last year. Many state legislatures have also offered apologies.

A ceremony at the US Capitol is being planned for next month, now that both houses of Congress have adopted resolutions, the Congressional Quarterly reported.

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