At the same time the House debates a controversial proposal to officially recognize the Ottoman Empire's 1915 mass killing of Armenians as "genocide", one of the Republican presidential candidates "plans to offer a resolution this week for Congress to apologize for slavery and segregation."
Surprisingly, the proposal will come from Sen. Sam Brownback, the conservative Republican well-known for his opposition to gay rights, same-sex marriage and abortion. Brownback "told The Boston Globe's editorial board yesterday he will join an unnamed Democrat in sponsoring the proposal," which will not call for reparations.
"They were federal policies," he said. "They were wrong. The only way for us to move forward ... is at the end of day acknowledging those, taking ownership for it, and asking for forgiveness."
Brownback's resolution is a bold move to gain some traction. Although he is one of the senate's more conservative members, he has long moderation on racial issues and is one of the leading voices for American intervention in Darfur. The Kansas Republican was also one of the five lower tier GOP candidates who participated in the recent PBS debate on issues related to the black community, saying it was a "disgrace" the top tier Republicans did not appear. Brownback polls in the single digits and says he "will drop out of the race unless he places in the top four" in the Iowa caucuses.
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