Ok. Maybe I Am Confused On The Issue At Large
Virginia Lawmakers Express 'Profound Regret' For Slavery. General Assembly Votes To Make Formal Apology
POSTED: 5:28 pm EST February 24, 2007
UPDATED: 5:32 pm EST February 24, 2007
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia General Assembly voted unanimously Saturday to express "profound regret" for the state's role in slavery.
Meeting on the grounds of the former Confederate Capitol, lawmakers first passed the resolution in the House 96-0.
The measure later cleared the Senate on a unanimous voice vote.
Sponsors of the resolution said they know of no other state that has apologized for slavery -- although Missouri lawmakers are considering such a measure.
Supporters said the resolution does not carry the weight of law but sends an important symbolic message.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.
Possibly I am missing a greater picture here, but it seems to me, legislation of this type is more a waste on taxpayers money than anything useful. I admit and agree that the early history to which these events occured was a very bad and unfortunate time period. The fact is, it happened a lot longer ago than any living person can recall (factually and personally) by persons who are now no more (physically) than names printed on a page in a book. On another token, these same events are part and parcel of what formed the basics of what this country is today, and for which it stands.