An Apology For Slavery?

American VoicesPolitics ISSUE 31•23 Jul 9, 1997

As part of his recent campaign to address the problem of racism in America, President Clinton raised the possibility of apologizing for slavery. What do you think?

  • “I think the U.S. should have to write, 'I will not enslave an entire race of my fellow human beings ever again,' 1,000 times across the national blackboard.”

    Theodore Cannell –
    Plumber

  • “As far as reparations go, we shouldn't give them any money. It would be easier just to let them keep all the shit they ripped off.”

    Max Eggert –
    Systems Analyst

  • “Haven't we done enough for the black people, letting them share our water fountains?”

    Mary McCrory –
    Telemarketer

  • “In 1993, after more than 3,900 years, the Egyptians finally apologized to the Jews. But they still didn't give them their long-promised 40 cubits and an ankh.”

    Heather Greer –
    Librarian

  • “Yo, apologies for slavery goin' out to all my homies out there: Tyrone, Darnell, G-Love, my boy Special K and all the fellas down on 113th, my moms, my shorties Shawanda and Laqueesha...”

    Phil Staunton –
    Investment Banker

  • “The government can apologize all it wants and pay all the reparations it wants, but one thing's certain: Nobody's taking away my slaves.”

    Ron Grabowski –
    Math Teacher