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Tales from the Sun

okay, well really this is just a spot for me to ramble on about random topics

Thursday, October 30, 2008

A long time coming... 

As I struggle to stay asleep tonight my mind started racing so I decided to check on my computer which was defragging.

After a quick game of "Scramble", I started looking up news articles on the election and then got to thinking just how close we may be to NOT really deciding this election as a nation. Have we all forgotten about that little Florida recount debacle back in 2000 where Al Gore lost to George Bush even though he won the popular vote?

Anyhow, I digress... The real reason for this post is this... I looked up the Popular Vote vs. Electoral College on Wikipedia which led me to their listing on Slavery. I got completely sucked in!

What I was surprised to see was that on February 24, 2007, Virginia passed a resolution acknowledging "with profound regret the involuntary servitude of Africans and the exploitation of Native Americans, and call for reconciliation among all Virginians."

With the passing of this resolution, Virginia became the first of the 50 United States to acknowledge through the state's governing body their state's negative involvement in slavery.

YEAH for those Virginians! What I found even more surprising was this:

On July 30, 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution apologizing for American slavery and subsequent discriminatory laws.

What a monumental victory for all African Americans who are descendants of slavery. Hooray for you! I just feel sad that most Americans didn't even realize this happened because we are all too caught up with this election, the economy and Bush's War. Hopefully my little blog will help in some small way get the word out about something good happening in our government.

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