Black Leaders Weigh In On Slavery Controversy

January 18, 2007

Governor Tim Kaine called Hargrove's comments "outrageous" but House Speaker William Powell says that Hargrove's remarks are being blown out of proportion.

In today's news conference Virginia NAACP executive director King Salim Khalfani called Virginia "the 51st state, the state of denial."

Khalfani and four black religious leaders said nothing short of an apology from the Republican party and a formal rebuke of Hargrove would satisfy them.

After the news conference they went to the delegate's office and told him that the comments offended them. Hargrove said that he didn't want to hurt anyone but that he didn't have anything to do with slavery and that he didn't believe in apologizing for it. Hargrove is defending his statements.

"Are we going to force the jewish people to apologize for the death of christ? It's a question, not a statement. People ought to learn to read a question mark after a statement, a rhetorical question" said Hargrove.

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