"...[government-sanctioned slavery] ranks as the most horrendous of all depredations of human rights and violations of our founding ideals in our nation's history..."
Larry O'Dell / AH (Feb. 27th, 2007)
On Saturday, February 24th, Virginia lawmakers passed a resolution of "profound regret" for the state's role in the slave trade, it was passed by unanimous vote.
Wording of the resolution states that government-sanctioned slavery "ranks as the most horrendous of all depredations of human rights and violations of our founding ideals in our nation's history, and the abolition of slavery was followed by systematic discrimination, enforced segregation, and other insidious institutions and practices toward Americans of African descent that were rooted in racism, racial bias, and racial misunderstanding."
In addition, the measure includes an apology for the "exploitation of Native Americans."
"This session will be remembered for a lot of things, but 20 years hence I suspect one of those things will be the fact that we came together and passed this resolution," remarked Delegate A. Donald McEachin, a sponsor of the bill.
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Source: AP, CBS News