St. Louis Congressman Lacy Clay
says he accepts a non-binding Senate resolution
passed last week apologizing for slavery in the U.S. -- even if the measure isn't perfect.
The resolution "acknowledges the fundamental injustice,
cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery, and Jim Crow laws," and
"apologizes to African-Americans on behalf of the people of the United
States for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who
suffered under slavery and Jim Crow laws."
It ends with a disclaimer saying that the resolution does not
support or authorize any claim against the United States.
words: We're sorry. But that doesn't mean you're going to get anything
for it. It's a stipulation that has concerned some African-American
lawmakers in the House of Representatives.
One of those reps is Clay, who tells Essence
that he believes the disclaimer isn't necessary.
"But I understand the politics of it," he says. "The way they were able to get it
voted through the Senate was to have that disclaimer so that anyone,
with guilt on their conscience, could not object."