H. Res. 194, the congressional resolution apologizing for the enslavement and racial segregation of blacks in America, was passed by acclamation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, giving the sponsor, 9th District congressman Steve Cohen, the second of two boosts as he began the penultimate week of his Democratic primary campaign for reelection.
On Monday, before his return to Washington for the congressional work week, Cohen had received the official endorsement of the two associations representing, respectively, members of the Memphis police and deputies of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.
The House vote in favor of Cohen's apology resolution came late on Tuesday, toward the end of congressional business. The congressman promptly issued the following statement:
"I am very proud that my colleagues in the House of Representatives passed our resolution apologizing for slavery and Jim Crow in the United States. This is a historic moment in the ongoing struggle for civil rights in this country, and I hope that this legislation can serve to open the dialogue on race and equality for all. Apologies are not empty gestures, but are a necessary first step towards any sort of reconciliation between people. I thank Congressman John Conyers (MI-14), whose assistance in moving this resolution forward was indispensible, for his strong support for this bill. "
Cohen's earlier House speech on behalf of the resolution can be viewed at http://cohen.house.gov.