Lawmakers acknowledge, apologize for 1898 Wilmington Race Riots

RALEIGH -- Lawmakers in Raleigh are officially acknowledging and apologizing for the 1898 Wilmington Race Riots. But the move stops short of compensating the families of victims. Sen. Julia Boseman told me today that the purpose of this bill was to acknowledge The incident and hopefully get it included in the state's school curriculum. The passage of this bill hung in limbo for months. That's because the lawmaker who introduced the bill, Rep. Thomas Wright, had been under investigation for campaign finance fraud. Recently the bill started to make headway again and Wednesday the senate passed the bill expressing "profound regret" for the 1898 Race Riots in Wilmington, which were researched extensively for six years by the Wilmington Race Riot Commission. The riots were the result of white supremacists trying to overthrow the New Hanover County government which included an unusually large number of black leaders for the time. Meanwhile, race riot historians want to build a memorial to commemorate the incident at the corner of Third and Davis Streets in Wilmington.

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I am proud to say that I am an African-American. I am proud to say that, yes, I am part of a family that had deep roots in the south. I know for a fact that my ancestors were forced into slavery and suffered under the most terrible of conditions. HOWEVER, no one should apologize for the actions of people many years ago. Does it hurt to have stories about what my ancestors went through passed down? Yes...it would hurt anyone to hear about some of the things that happened. But history is history. It cannot be re-written and it cannot be changed. It is time for all of America to move on, accept what happened in the past, fight for equality, treat each other as humans, and try to keep what happened in the past HISTORY!
Apologies for the wrong that our relatives had done in the past, does not mean that we are being blamed for thier actions. But what an apology does do is that it tells the families whom were mistreated in the past, that whatever happened to their relatives in the past, should not happen to them today.