Riley: "I'll Sign Apology Resolution"

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

If the Alabama Legislature passes state Sen. Hank Sanders' resolution apologizing for slavery, Gov. Bob Riley says he'll sign it. Riley said he would sign it in a heartbeat and send it back.

The legislature returns from its spring break Tuesday, one day after the official state holiday for Confederate Memorial Day, and Sanders, of Selma, said he hopes to bring back up for debate his resolution expressing "profound regret" for slavery.

Political scientist D'Linell Finley at Auburn University-Montgomery said Riley's emphatic position is significant.

He said the fact you have a white Southern governor acknowledging the past and bringing about some reconciliation is significant. Finley says it expresses how far we have comes as a state and a nation.

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  • by Jerry Location: Meridian on Apr 25, 2007 at 08:55 PM
    I would like to know how Reggie comes up with the idea that anyone who doesn't think there should be an apology is still living in the 1800's. I believe anyone who think there should be an apology is living with their head in the sand and needs to pull it out and move on and make something of themselves instead of wanting people to apologize for something they had nothing to do with!!! Life is short! Grow up and move on for once in your life.
  • by Nikki Location: Collinsville on Apr 24, 2007 at 06:35 AM
    How much more apologizing do they need? What is the use for an apology that none of us had anything to do with? HELLO PEOPLE! How many years ago has this been? it's way past time to get over it, my ancestors were poor and out there in those fields too, my great-grandmother used to pick cotton all day long for 1 cent a pound, and how heavy is cotton? Plus she had to walk 9 miles to get there and back. But you don't see me crying about no one apologizing to me for anything, I think it is time for our govenment to stop bringing up the past and reminding everyone how bad slavery was, yes it was bad but we don't need it shoved in our faces over and over and over!! Maybe the government should be doing constructive like getting The Bible back in our childrens schools. But hey who am I to say, I'm just a citizen of the United States I have no voice anymore!
  • by Wish it werent so. Location: Meridian on Apr 24, 2007 at 05:52 AM
    No one living today is responsible for slavery; they weren’t there. However, it is sad that some African Americans feel that those who are not responsible should apologize. This mentality is one that promotes not being responsible for ones self. Anyone can make it in America today if YOU take charge of YOUR life.
  • by Reggie Location: Meridian on Apr 23, 2007 at 07:27 PM
    I think that anyone who believes that htere should not be an apology for slavery, is still living in the 1800s. Slavery was a terrible moment in U.S. history. It is never right to beat or degrade a group of people because you believe you are superior. God created all men and women equal. Believing in slavery means you believe otherwise!!
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