Is An Apology For Slavery Enough? : Blog Of The Nation On the Opinion Page: An argument that Florida's apology for slavery doesn't go far enough.
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Is An Apology For Slavery Enough?

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Florida apologized last month for the state's role in slavery — a history the legislature called, "shameful." Marvin Dunn's grandmother's father was a slave in Florida, and he's left wondering why he doesn't feel any better, given the apology:

Maybe it's because the apology is a meaningless act that only a dolt or outright racist would oppose. It cost the state nothing and of course, there was not a word about the thorny question of reparations. As one of the African Americans to whom the apology was aimed, it was not enough.

Dunn wrote an op-ed in Sunday's Miami Herald, laying out four specific steps that he believes would make the apology meaningful. What do you think? Does an apology make any difference? Should states go further?