February 4, 2005


Allen pushes Senate peers for apology over lynchings (The Virginian-Pilot, February 4, 2005)

Three days into Black History Month, U.S. Sen. George F. Allen of Virginia renewed efforts Thursday to have the Senate formally apologize for its failure to move against a wave of lynchings that swept the South and much of the rest of the country from the 1880s until the 1960s. [...]

Seven presidents called on state governments to more aggressively pursue the Ku Klux Klansmen and other hate groups behind the killings, and the House passed at least three anti-lynching bills during the 80-year span.

All of the bills died in the Senate.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 4, 2005 8:50 PM

One step toward "reparations" not taken.

Posted by: NC3 at February 4, 2005 9:30 PM

Sounds like the opening salvo for the 2008 Republican primary. I wonder, oj, how Allen would sell in NH.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at February 5, 2005 1:39 AM

Allen has some spring cleaning to do - evidently he used to keep a Confederate flag in his office (pre-politics), along with other historical memorabilia (lots of guns, and items from the Old West sure to offend). Let's hope he doesn't grovel like Larry Summers is doing.

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 5, 2005 1:45 AM

Robert Byrd will do everything in his power to block the legislation.

Posted by: Bart at February 5, 2005 9:01 AM