On 18 June 2009, the United States Senate (111th Congress 1st Session) passed a resolution which formally made an apology to African-Americans for racial segregation. “Apology for the enslavement and segregation of African-Americans- The congress – acknowledges the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow laws; apologizes to African-Americans on behalf of the people of the United States, for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow laws; and (C) expresses its recommitment to the principle that all people are created equal and endowed with inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and calls on all people of the United States to work toward eliminating racial prejudices, injustices, and discrimination from our society (Concurrent Resolution SCN 26 ES).”
This is for the first time in its 230-year history, the US government issued a formal apology for slavery and segregation. The unanimous voice vote came five months after Barack Obama became the first black US president. The US House passed the similar resolution in July 2008. Will the Japanese Diet pass the apology resolution toward the damage of Asian people including Chinese and Koreans?
Friday, December 31, 2010
Labels: Learning History
After growing up and studying in China and Japan, Dr. Suganuma went to the U.S. for graduate studies, earning master’s degrees at both St. John's University (in Chinese studies) and Syracuse University (in international relations) as well as a Ph.D. (in geography) from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.