Political Fab: Meet Mark Whitaker+Congress Issuing An Apology For Slavery?
Jul 29 | by Natasha
NBC has named one of the late Tim Russert's replacements for its weekend's biggest show Meet The Press. He is journalist Mark Whitaker, who also holds the position of Senior Vice President of NBC News as well as D.C.'s Bureau Chief. SVP is the number 2 position and he oversees national and international reporting for all NBC News platforms, including NBC Nightly News, the Today show, MSNBC and MSNBC.com. When Mark served as Editor of Newsweek before his move to NBC, he actually made history as the first African American editor of a national news magazine. He holds degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and other colleges. He has a wife named Alexis, who is also a journalist, and two children. Congrats to Mark! Congress is set to apologize to black folks for slavery. More on that when you read the rest... The House of Representatives was poised today to pass a resolution apologizing to African-Americans for slavery and the era of Jim Crow. The resolution does not, however, discuss reparations. According to CNN: The nonbinding resolution, which is expected to pass, was introduced by Rep. Steve Cohen, a white lawmaker who represents a majority black district in Memphis, Tennessee. While many states have apologized for slavery, it will be first time a branch of the federal government will apologize for slavery if the resolution passes, an aide to Cohen said. By passing the resolution, the House would also acknowledge the "injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow. African-Americans continue to suffer from the consequences of slavery and Jim Crow -- long after both systems were formally abolished -- through enormous damage and loss, both tangible and intangible, including the loss of human dignity and liberty, the frustration of careers and professional lives, and the long-term loss of income and opportunity," the resolution states. This ought to get real interesting. Speak on it...
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