February 24, 2007

On February 24, 2007 the state of Virginia’s General Assembly decided to act like a collection of moral adults and passed a resolution expressing “profound regret” for the state’s role in promoting and enforcing slavery. There were no riots or sudden lawsuits. The descendants of the slaves didn’t go around and wag their fingers at the descendants of those who weren’t slaves. Everybody just went to work and lived their lives. Except one group of those people received an apology that was late by 140 years. We teach our children to apologize and show remorse when they wrong someone. We should expect our institutions to do the same.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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