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Monday, January 06, 2003
 
4:07 PM

Because there aren't enough bad ideas in the world.. Republican Sen. Sam Brownback (Kansas) wants to create a temporary race-relations panel to examine issuing an apology for slavery, construction of a black history museum and the general issue of reparations. From the Washington Times:

"I think in light of what took place with the Senate leadership change, we need to step up and seriously address the race issues," Mr. Brownback told The Washington Times. "Unless the Republican Party steps up and addresses it, we'll be constantly taking charges that we're not sensitive on race issues."


The Republicans have wonderfully principled positions on racial equality if only they actually believed them.

These recommendations are for the most part shameful. Our apology for slavery starts with the death of thousands of Union soldiers. Building a black history museum could be a good idea--I thought somebody was working on it--except that the American Museum Community is probably inclined to build a blame-America monument rather than placing slavery in its historical context (for example, white Christians ended it; modern Sudanese still practice it). And Reparations = Extortion. Have a nice day.



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