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|I disagree. The Irish had policies directed against them as well "No Irish need apply". Yet, they don't clamor for apologies, nor do they blame the past for lack of success. In truth, these are not barriers to success (Colin Powell, Oprah Winfrey, for Blacks, and JFK for the Irish). My ancestors were not slave owners, nor did they fight for the Conferderacy to maintain slavery. So I don't beleive that they or there descendents owe any one an apology. In fact, it could be argued that blacks owe them a statement of gratitude for thier sacrifice. Certainly, they could have chosen to not serve the Union cause.
If my people can get past the religious persecution they suffered at the hands of others, .........well you get the point. Get over it.