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blogs.abcnews.com — He underlined that whatever he has said about America was "about policy, not the American people."

Wright was also asked about his relationship with Nation of Islam founder Louis Farrakhan, whom Wright described as merely haven once said that Zionism - not Judaism - was a poisonous weed. (Farrakhan has far more than that one comment in his collection of anti-Semitic statements.

Farrakhan, Wright said, is "one of the most important voices in the 20th and 21st century," noting the Million Man March. "When Louis Farrakhan speaks, it's like when E.F. Hutton speaks...Black America listens."

The media asking him to condemn Farrakhan reminded him of one time when Ted Koppel asked Nelson Mandela about past statements he'd made in praise of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro's "love for human rights and liberty," Wright said.

"Louis Farrakhan is not my enemy," Wright said, since Farrakhan had not enslaved Africans and brought them in chains to the U.S.

Wright argued that his fiery nature was appropriate since the leaders of the U.S. have never apologized for slavery or racism.

He said his "God damn America" remarks were meant to show that God blesses acts of peace and kindness, but God damns acts of war and violence. He talked of slavery, racial segregation and poverty as condemnable acts.

And referring to the U.S. government, he said, blacks are still owed an apology for slavery, and said he’s told Obama, if he’s elected November 5, “I’m coming after you.”

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Should America apologize to African Americans for slavery?
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Posted 2427 days ago
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Let's see...the US has apologized to the Japanese for the Internment camps during WWII. And, with full US backing and support, the German government, German industry and even German society has been made to apologize over and over (to the point of humiliation) for the Holocaust, and pay hundreds of billions of dollars to Israel in penalties and restitution. And Soutth Africa (again with US backing) has already been made to apologize to its black citizenry for its years of Apartheid, a policy far less egregious than slavery. BUT, the US government continues to argue and debate the issue of apologizing to blacks for enslaving them, forcing them out of their ancestral homes and using them as free labor under such miserable non-humane circumstances - a crime against humanity and an an affront to human decency. I can't understand how a government and a society that claims any shred of morality can refuse this apology, long owed to the black community of this country. It is, after all, the original sin that has caused so much of the problems that plague the black community in America today. So, YES, an official apology IS owed and it IS overdue!
Posted 2427 days ago
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I have never owned a slave nor have I condoned or contributed to slavery in any way. It is possible that one of my distant relatives engaged in the abhorrent practice, but that has absolutely no bearing on my morality. I will not absorb any blame or experience any guilt for something I had no part in just because I'm white.

The murky logic that incriminates today's white population and impels it to apologize is indicative of a larger problem. The state of race relations in America is one of contradictions and confusion.
Posted 2427 days ago
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ffox you are a descendant of a slave owner. Whether or not you owned a slave is irrrevelant. What Rev. Wright clearly said after the Civil War began and ended African Americans still suffered from segregation, poverty, and hate crimes to this very day. Yet, there has never been any inclination of remorse, no kindred spirit for making amends. It has been long over due yet, the white population is not compeled to see efforts of healing the wounds of the infamous Enslave of a human being that is no different than you are. Remember this ffox all humanity started out of African.
Posted 2427 days ago
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tyme4ultimatechaing,
That is the most illogical statement I've ever heard here. You are in dire need of basic American History! And it is you who needs to apologize to ffox.

First, you have no background about ffox whatsoever. What he is a Swede who's parents arrived in the twentieth century, does he still need to apologize? What if he is a descendant of John Brown? What if his ancestors were Abolitionists or Puritans or both? What if he is Canadian? What if he is an American Indian?

You, tyme4ultimatechaing, need to apologize for everyone who thinks logically before they communicate their thoughts.
Posted 2427 days ago
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apologize to everyone
Posted 2426 days ago
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cool it Herbie. what you may not understand is how emotional this issue still is to the black community. you should respect that, even if you disagree with the apology. besides, what I've heard many blacks say is that the apology is not an admission of culpability (obviously since non of us own slaves today), but an acknowledgment of the inhumane act that was inflicted by our ancestors against theirs. How is that different than Germany's apology for the Holocaust?
Posted 2426 days ago
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Why not and what do we have to lose. Part of the healing process is to apologize as a nation for the cruilty we have imposed on African Americans. My only reservation is we would end up having to apologize to the entire world
Posted 2426 days ago
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If we apologize for something that happen before our life time and it WASN'T within our controls to do something during that period, then why should we apologize for the past. Words along can not reverse things that happened in the past. Many proponents on this issue have suggested some for of cash payment to resolve these past problems. If we give once how many times there after would be have to give again?????
Posted 2426 days ago
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To Herbert, I am referring to your statement. It obvious that you are not an African American, but I am. So, who are you to judge me on my African heritage or history. You've probably never been to Africa, so you probably don't even have a clue about the being oppressed or being in captivity. America has a dark history of slavery/enslavement. Basic History alone doesn't give any meaning on how this country was built on. But the sad truth is that is was built on the backs of African slaves. The scars are still existing from the US and Africa. You don't know what its like to be separated from a family and taken against your will to another place. I am a professor of Archaelogy/Egyptiantologist. I am proud of who I am. I am descendant of Africa's Egypt. A descendent of TutanKumen; the young Pharoah Egypt. My ancestors were taken out Egypt to America as slaves. My point is, some american peoples (US government) has not accepted African Americans as equals and your statement has proved that you have not accepted African Americans either. I believe you should study your history of the World before you tell me about Basic American History. One factor, when America was discovered in 1492 by Columbus (who was not a Spainard) he also brought with him African slaves. In the 16th Century, America began colonization which brought more African slaves to the Americas.
Posted 2425 days ago
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tyme4ultimatechaing, your anger is mis-directed. Just being white and American does not mean that I am guilty for what had been done in the past. You are certainly not an Anthropologist because King Tut had an entirely different facial bone structure and the enslavement of Egyptians or Ethiopians is a stretch. I too am a professional, but my professional ranking is only useful to people I work with. It isn't a flag to show credibility on the Internet. Truthfully, I doubt that an Archaeologist / Egyptologist would be wasting their time with this Website at all. By the way, you misspelled TutanKumen. In the dictionary, it is Tutankhamen.

Don't be angered because of skin color. it is a silly excuse for demanding for respect that everyone needs to work for. There have been famous African-Americans who have achieved self respect and the respect of others.
Posted 2425 days ago
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One only has to look at history, and a good movie that pedicts that is the Armstad. Back in the days of slavery it wasn't just the white people who were involved with slavery. The more aggressive tribes of Africa also were involved with it.

Basicly what happened is their own people where involved with slavery.
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