Should Georgia Officially Acknowledge Slavery?

A proposed Senate resolution aims to “[express] remorse for the state’s past practice of condoning involuntary servitude.” Tell us what you think of State Sen. Barry Loudermilk’s proposed legislation.

A practice that ended in the 19th century is the focus of legislation being put forth in the 21st century.

Last week, State Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, held a press conference to announce his filing of Senate Resolution 28, a resolution that aims to “[express] remorse for the state's past practice of condoning involuntary servitude,” or slavery. A copy of the resolution is attached to this article in PDF form.

According to Loudermilk, passage of the resolution would mark the first official acknowledgement of the injustices of slavery and serve as “an official expression of regret and remorse for the condoning of the institution of slavery in Georgia.

“The injustices brought on by the institution of slavery in our state's past stands in stark opposition to the principles on which this nation was founded. According to our founding documents, the sole responsibility of government is to preserve the God-given rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” Loudermilk said in a news release. “The filing of [the] Freedom Resolution represents an important first step for our state, in recognizing the reprehensible act of slavery, and to bring reconciliation among the people of this great state.

“I am optimistic that my colleagues in both chambers will recognize the significance of this resolution, and we will work together in a strong bipartisan effort to pass it in this legislative session,” Loudermilk added. “Many people have worked together in drafting this resolution, including legislators, Georgia citizens and members of the clergy.”

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, this isn’t the first time a Georgia lawmaker has attempted to get a resolution like this passed. Then-Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson, R-Savannah, made such a push in 2007 and 2009, while black House Democrats have attempted too; none of the proposals were passed by the General Assembly.

Do you agree with State Sen. Barry Loudermilk’s resolution expressing remorse for the state’s role in slavery? Should lawmakers approve a resolution that condemns the now-illegal practice? Why or why not?

Share what’s on your mind with us, and then return here to see what your neighbors in Paulding, Douglas and Cobb have said.

Duncan February 07, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Also, (and quite aside from the silliness of expecting this generation to apologize for some atrocity committed by another generation 150 years ago which is a bit like expecting the Germans of today to constantly flagellate themselves for what that asshole of assholes Hitler and his bunch did to the Jewish folk), also, an apology would carry along with it certain legal problems leaving the state and/or federal government open for a lawsuit for damages once they acknowledge responsibility for past and by extension, present wrongs. I think that's probably something worthy of very REAL consideration as a terrific danger.
Education is a Luxury February 07, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Got it. The State of Georgia, which ratified the Constitution January 2, 1788 and legalized slavery until April 9, 1865, should NEVER EVER apologize. What's the Statute of Limitations on State Sanctioned oppression again? I just want to know when Georgia missed the boat - no pun intended.. As for the Germans, the self-flagellation will end in 2015. "Germany's response to its war crimes has been largely lauded by the former Allies. The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany until 1990) offered official apologies for Germany's role in the Holocaust. Additionally, German leaders have continuously expressed repentance, most notably when former Chancellor Willy Brandt fell on his knees in front of a Holocaust memorial in the Warsaw Ghetto, also known as the Warschauer Kniefall in 1970. Germany has also paid extensive reparations, including nearly $70 billion to the state of Israel. It has given $15 billion to Holocaust survivors and will continue to compensate them until 2015. Additionally, the government of Germany coordinated an effort to reach a settlement with German companies that had used slave labor during the war; the companies will pay $1.7 billion to victims. Germany also established a National Holocaust Memorial Museum in Berlin for looted property."
Duncan February 07, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Right you are..., for the slaughter of millions upon millions of folks within about a 15 year period plus untold billions worth of damages to property and lives in general, the Germans are getting off with 70 years of self-flagellation, whereas in the USA, we're somehow expected to apologize ad infinitum for sins aggregated by every nation in the world including Africa and Arabian countries, not to mention England and a few others. RIGHT !!! Yours is the same kind of argument that's used about immigrants who've made their way into this country without benefit of legal course; for whatever reason, America's immigration laws are totally ignored whereas if you tried the same thing in Mexico, Russia, China, Guatemala and countless other countries you'd probably never be seen or heard from again!!!
Rob Adkerson February 14, 2013 at 05:48 PM
I can tell you that probably none of the people in these comments who are opposed to this resolution have actually read the resolution. Before you jump me, please take 5 minutes to read my article on the truth of this Resolution. http://buckhead.patch.com/articles/im-opposed-to-the-freedom-resolution-have-you-read-sr-28-well-no
Raushana Dupree April 01, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Peace and Blessings


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