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The University of Virginia's board marked founder Thomas Jefferson's birthday with an apology for the school's use of slave labor between 1819 and 1865.
The board of visitors unanimously passed an apology resolution on April 13, the 264th anniversary of Jefferson's birth, but did not announce the action until Tuesday.
The measure was inspired by the Virginia Legislature, which passed a resolution in February expressing its "profound regret" for the state's role in slavery. Legislatures in Maryland and North Carolina approved similar slavery apologies this year, and another measure is under consideration in Alabama.
Originally posted by lombozo
What does apologizing accomplish? Does it heal any wounds?
I would love to hear feedback on this.
Originally posted by ImpliedChaos
Honestly i could care less if they apologize. I feel like all of these states and university are apologizing but not because they are sorry or feel bad but b/c its the thing to do and it gets them media attention. If they wanna apologize why dont they donate a few mill to the United Negro College Fund or donate money to inner city schools so that our children have textbooks for class. Thats just my 2cents.
[edit on 4/26/2007 by ImpliedChaos]
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
Hell, why not have all of us white folk apologize?
Originally posted by Zaphod58
Did you actually read ANYTHING besides the title of the article? They're talking about 1819-1865.
"Were you raped,beaten,lynched by these men b/c u r white?"