Slavery is a human travesty wherever and whenever it occurs. No one can deny this. But just what does Democratic Rep. Talibdin El-Amin of St. Louis want to accomplish by asking the present day government in the state of Missouri to apologize for slavery (2/6, Local, “Resolution seeks apology for slavery”)?
Will he also ask the present-day Democratic Party to apologize for lynching the blacks who attempted to register to vote in the South following the Civil War? How about having them apologize to all the descendants of the white abolitionists who stood up to his party before the Civil War?
Granted, Missouri may have entered the Union as a slave state, but Gen. Nathaniel Lyon’s occupation of St. Louis insured the Confederacy could never get control of its ammunition and other resources.
Men like my great-great-grandfather and his sons all fought and were wounded under the “official” Missouri colors for the Union.
To have Missouri apologize for a wrong these men fought so hard against would disregard and discredit the service they did as veterans to this great nation and our state.
Ironically, Rep. El-Amin walks past the Union regiment colors on his way to work in the State capitol each day. Maybe he can find it in his heart to apologize to these patriots the next time he passes by.