100 Facts On Reparations For Native Black Americans

100 Facts On Reparations For Native Black Americans

39. Apologies

An official apology would have to be part of reparations, most advocates agree. “So many governments, institutions and private businesses in the U.S. are implicated in slavery and post-1865 injustices that it would be impossible for them all to apologize at once. But a good start would be an apology for slavery by the president of the United States, joined by the governors of every state that ever permitted enslavement,” wrote Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University, according to an article for The Conversation

Many white and other Americans may oppose reparations to African-Americans on the grounds that neither they nor their ancestors had anything to do with the many ways African-Americans were and are oppressed, Howard-Hassmann said.

“But as citizens — whether of the U.S. or, in my case, Canada — we have a responsibility to make amends to fellow citizens who have been harmed by the past or present policies of our governments. Acknowledgment is a first step forward. Apologies, memorials and financial reparations continue the process,” she continued.

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