Gerald, the African-American
Should the current Administration, by Congressional decree, have apologized in 2009 to African-Americans for slavery and Jim Crow Laws (on behalf of America)? I say no, at least to the slavery part. The fact the current President is African-American makes him no more or no less obligated to do so. I say not this Administration, any in the future, or any of the past Administrations should have to make such an apology.
Slavery existed long before there was a United States of America. It was practiced millenniums before the American Colonies utilized it to transform this nation. Peonage is as old as the “oldest profession” (prostitution), which some argue is also a form of slavery – whether the provider does so willingly or not.