Real Talk | Lynching, racial reconciliation and reparations


In recent years, the U.S. government has demonstrated a commitment to passing largely meaningless symbolic legislation designed to sanitize the country’s history of racial wrongs. The recent introduction of bills in the House and Senate apologizing for lynchings continues this timorous tradition.

In 1997, President Bill Clinton apologized for the Tuskegee Experiment, the U.S. Public Health Service’s Nazi-like study of the effects of syphilis on nearly 400 African-American men.

In July 2008, House Resolution 194 apologized for slavery and “Jim Crow.” A year later, the U.S. Senate followed suit. However, the Senate version included a disclaimer denying the resolution “authorizes or supports…

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