"Congress is poised to approve a federal apology for slavery just weeks before voters consider electing the nation’s first black president. When the Senate takes up the issue in September, it could address a centuries-old wound at a time when the presidential contest is already focused on race... The House passed its version of the resolution on July 29 by voice vote. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), a white lawmaker representing a majority-black district who faces a tough primary this week against a black challenger, is the lead sponsor of the resolution... lastweek, Obama made headlines when he announced his support for the apology, but not reparations paid to descendants of slaves...The best reparations we can provide are good schools in the inner city and jobs for people who are unemployed,” Obama told an Illinois audience last week in remarks reported by The Associated Press.
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