Well, Southern states are rushing to do it. It's all the rage. Some say this is setting the groundwork for reparations payments. http://www.amren.com/mtnews/archives/2007/04/nc_senate_apolo.php AP, April 6, 2007 The North Carolina Senate apologized yesterday for the legislature’s role in promoting slavery and Jim Crow laws that denied basic human rights to the state’s black citizens. Following the lead of lawmakers in neighboring Virginia, the Senate unanimously backed a resolution acknowledging its “profound contrition for the official acts that sanctioned and perpetuated the denial of basic human rights and dignity to fellow humans.” “This is a way to reflect upon this and express our understanding and our regret for official actions of our state,” said Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand, a Democrat and the bill’s primary sponsor. Such an apology, Rand added, will help us “to try to be better children of God and better representatives of all the people of this state.” Slavery was a huge mistake, but I wretch when politicians use phrases like "we are better children of God." Doing what's popular at the moment doesn't necessarily make you better in God's eyes. 200 years ago, this idiot would have been saying God's smiling on slavery. How hard is it, really, to "apologize" for something you didn't even do??? You get to bask in the moral warmth but feel no pain. Easy morality.