Slavery Apology Moves Forward

January 31, 2007

The House Rules Committee passed the resolution to have Virginia express "great regret" for Virginia's role during slavery on a unanimous vote.

Orginally the resolution called on the state to "atone" for slavery. The word was changed by proponents of the resolution to express
"contrition" after concerned lawmakers said atonement could be interepreted as requring reparations.

Delegate John O'Bannon suggested changing the wording to "profound regret." Both Richmond Democrats, Delegate Donald McEachin and Senator Harry Marsh, said that they had no rejections to the word changes.

Marsh said that he would amend the Senate version to resemble the House version.

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