Prime Buzz: US Senate apologizes for slavery

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By unanimous consent, the Senate passed a resolution a short time ago apologizing for slavery and racial segregation.

Republican Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, one of the sponsors, said the measure was no “panacea,” but could help trigger “reconciliation.”

“I am pleased that Congress has officially offered an apology for slavery and it’s long overdue,” he said. “The formation of my home state of Kansas was centered around slavery and came to be known as ‘Bleeding Kansas.’  I believe that this official apology will enable our nation to begin healing our racial wounds rooted in the institution of slavery.”

Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, was the other sponsor.

The passage coincides with Juneteenth, a celebration which commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S.

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