Emory issues 'regret' for slavery role

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ATLANTA - Emory University officials are expressing regret for the campus' role in slavery in Georgia.

The Atlanta university's Board of Trustees has adopted a formal statement acknowledging the campus' involvement with slavery after its founding in 1836. Officials say Emory founders used slaves to build and support the college in its early days.

Emory's founders also were influential in driving the North-South schism in the Methodist Episcopal Church leading up the Civil War. Emory President Jim Wagner said it was important to recognize the university's "painful" history.

Emory will hold a national conference next month focusing on slavery's role in American colleges, featuring Brown University President Ruth Simmons.

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rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 01/21/11 - 07:03 am
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Every one of you Emory slave

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Every one of you Emory slave owners, go to the back of the bus.

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Dixieman 01/21/11 - 07:21 am
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Oh, guilt, guilt, guilt! For

Oh, guilt, guilt, guilt! For something that ended 160 years ago!
This sort of thing is so dumb, and useless. What we need is real-time real-world help for the disadvantage, not this sort of PC posturing!

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RAINBOW 01/21/11 - 08:24 am
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why should anyone have to

why should anyone have to apoligize?as one poster said"that happened 160 years ago,no one that was a slave is even living today,they people at Emory was not even in on slavery,so this is foolishness,they need to stop living in they past,they cant get anywhere like that.Also as many things that are bad in they economy today they should be worried about that instead of some flag flying.I dont understand people .

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55 F-100 01/21/11 - 08:37 am
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This article is about

This article is about waste...waste of time and waste of effort and waste of space.

tuffenuf4u
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tuffenuf4u 01/21/11 - 08:51 am
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focusing on slavery's role in

focusing on slavery's role in American colleges, featuring Brown University President Ruth Simmons.-I do not understand the correlation between the two. It was never an isssue when I went to college. What does Ruth Simmon's know about slavery personally? Everything she will talk about she learned in a textbook. Living through the great depression of the 30's should be more of an issue than slavery.

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 01/21/11 - 08:56 am
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I don't know what need Emory

I don't know what need Emory had to come out with information, but thank you for it. Now, let's move on with the things that have a bigger priority in Georgia and America.

iLove
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iLove 01/21/11 - 09:07 am
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An apology for one of the

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An apology for one of the most HEINOUS crimes in American history sure gets certain people upset. . . .I wonder why?

Chillen
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Chillen 01/21/11 - 09:45 am
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I would NEVER send any of my

I would NEVER send any of my kids to Emory. What a liberal hotbed!

First they invite Big Sis & Socialist Napolitano to speak at their Commencement and now this? What next, are they going to raise tuition by 20% so that the "poor" can attend (redistribute the wealth)? Or so they can install pollution control devices in their restrooms (cap & trade from carbon emissions)? Or so they can install campus wide solar panels?

WW1949
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WW1949 01/21/11 - 10:29 am
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Whoop de do. Yes Ilove

Whoop de do. Yes Ilove slavery was not a nice thing but not a crime in its day. Slavery went on all over the world and was accepted everywhere. And it is still going on in some countries today. Emory is just wasting precious money trying to appease some who will not come into the 21st century and want to blame everything on things that went on 160+ years ago. Let them make their appology but move on down the road.

iLove
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iLove 01/21/11 - 10:46 am
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Without slavery what would

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Without slavery what would this country be like today?

"Slavery went on all over the world and was accepted everywhere"
Exactly who accepted slavery? The slaves of America or the slave masters of America?

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chascush 01/21/11 - 10:47 am
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iLove, ‘An apology for one of

iLove, ‘An apology for one of the most HEINOUS crimes in American history sure gets certain people upset. .’
I guess slavery was worst than the killing of 100 of thousands of Native Americans?

Chillen
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Chillen 01/21/11 - 10:53 am
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There is NO ONE alive today

There is NO ONE alive today in the USA who remembers slavery. Sorry to burst the liberal bubble but this issue and the people who were directly involved with it died out in the early 1900's - about 100 years ago.

Give it a rest.

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Riverman1 01/21/11 - 11:21 am
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I looked up how Emory

I looked up how Emory President Jim Wagner can be absolved of guilt.

1. Fill a pan with vinegar and put the whole thing in your bath tub.

2. Stand naked in the tub. Rub on river mud. Savannah River mud works especially well. Rinse.

3. With a clean wash cloth any color but white wash your entire body with the vinegar. Start at your head, work from the right side downward, the left side downward, from the heart to the hands (outward). Make sure to address the back, hands, soles of your feet, and hair.

4. Do not rinse or towel dry, but allow the mixture to stay on your skin for 24 hours. Dispose of the leftover vinegar in the Savannah River.

stairway2nowhere
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stairway2nowhere 01/21/11 - 11:14 am
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well actually the biggest

well actually the biggest supporters of slavery was other black african tribes since they are the ones that captured and sold the slaves....every slave that came to this country was sold by another black tribe....

stairway2nowhere
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stairway2nowhere 01/21/11 - 11:15 am
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and yes there is rampant

and yes there is rampant slavery still to this day whether its women men and families

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 01/21/11 - 11:19 am
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True, no one alive today was

True, no one alive today was a slave or slave owner, but the aftershocks of the ending of slavery still lives. Non-whites in America are nowhere politically or socially as the counterparts.....

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 01/21/11 - 11:22 am
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"well actually the biggest

"well actually the biggest supporters of slavery was other black african tribes since they are the ones that captured and sold the slaves....every slave that came to this country was sold by another black tribe...."

The current slavery is the sex trade. So, it is okay for a Thai girl to be enslaved by a Thai man and sold to you for your sexual pleasure because she was captured by a Thai person because they are supporting it? Really! Please TRY AGAIN!!!!

Haki
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Haki 01/21/11 - 11:26 am
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This is the sad state of our

This is the sad state of our world. Some read the heading of this article and began salavating in anticipation of posting. Some of the humor is elementary. Others wear their heart with their user name. Some of you consciously wasted your time reading then posting to the article. One thing to note, Emory is one of the best institutions in the country; along with Duke and Vanderbilt the only from the South listed as top 20. Finally, I care about the history of slavery and its continued affect on so many. Just read some of the hateful comments posted on the AC daily against individuals who look just like me. I pray for all of is daily.

Chillen
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Chillen 01/21/11 - 11:28 am
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The "aftershocks" live on?

The "aftershocks" live on? Really?

Slavery ended in 1865. Say that there is a new generation every 20 years (and with 14 & 15 year olds regularly having babies, that is being extremely generous). So, we are almost 7 full generations from anyone in America being a slave.

There are no more stories being passed down. Only someone who is 90+ would have even spoken to a great-grandparent who may or may not have had direct involvement.

The "aftershocks" are only there for those who still want them to be. Those who wish to use them to their advantage. Reparations.

The rest of us have moved on with our lives.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/21/11 - 11:28 am
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Raise your hand if you want

Raise your hand if you want to go back to Africa......what NO takers....imagine that....
Raise your hand if you want to go back to Mexico....what NO takers...again that is amazing...soooo wouldn't you say with all of our problems the USA is still a great place to live!!!
So....let's move on & STOP bringing up the past.....work on todays problems----we have many.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/21/11 - 11:30 am
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If some would work on their

If some would work on their neighborhood crime as much as they worry about the past & the South Carolina flag....they could really make a difference. (For the better)

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follower 01/21/11 - 11:34 am
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How can you issue an apology

How can you issue an apology for someone else's wrong? I can't issue an apology for my grandfather [racist as they come]. But I am regretful that he couldn't see past the color of someones skin. He has had to answer for that when he passed in 1972. I'm just thankful my parents were not.

Emory cannot apologize for the university 150 years ago. We can learn from past ignorance and continue to be a champion for human dignity in the world.

The first step in removing racism must start in the black community by not blaming white people NOW for things they had nothing to do with.
They must demand high expectations; for education, respect for all, work ethic, parenting, patriotism, character, and all of the attributes that contribute to a civil society.

Many have done just that and are very successful. Many are mired in the grips of slavery that ended many decades ago, and are all too happy to remained shackled to the government, whom they believe owes them assistance for every need in life.

Dependence is slavery. Self sufficience is the path to truly being free.

Haki
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Haki 01/21/11 - 11:48 am
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Seen it- raise your hand if

Seen it- raise your hand if you want to go back to Ireland. Raise your hand if you want to go back to Spain. What's your point? This is just as much my country as yours. I'm an American! My ancestors built this great country just as yours. Please raise your hand when the opportunity to go back under a rock is raised.

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BennyS 01/21/11 - 11:48 am
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apologizing for something so

apologizing for something so long ago? Get over it. We know that mistakes were made by our ancesters. Can't we just move on?

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 01/21/11 - 11:54 am
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I would have respect for the

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I would have respect for the NAACP if they took a stand on anything of actual substance rather than having their feelings hurt by something out of our control . My family didn't own ANYONE! Do you understand that, NAACP?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/21/11 - 11:57 am
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My point is...I'm not

My point is...I'm not constantly asking for someone to aplogize to me....
MOVE ON WITH LIFE....& put your energy where it would do some good...THAT IS MY POINT!
Many whites have had a rough life.....many poor ancestors left Europe because their life was dismal.....

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 01/21/11 - 12:03 pm
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Riverman1, my wife( as soon

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Riverman1, my wife( as soon as she gets off of the floor from laughing hysterically) is divorcing me for you.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 01/21/11 - 12:05 pm
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Unfortunately, the NAACP is

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Unfortunately, the NAACP is an American organization rather than African.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/21/11 - 12:14 pm
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Feds expand focus on human

Feds expand focus on human trafficking...
This is in the AJC today....The Atlanta area is a major hub for this type of crime......so this is STILL going on today......who will apologize to them?

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burninater 01/21/11 - 12:28 pm
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Chillen -- "The "aftershocks"

Chillen -- "The "aftershocks" live on? Really?

Slavery ended in 1865. Say that there is a new generation every 20 years (and with 14 & 15 year olds regularly having babies, that is being extremely generous). So, we are almost 7 full generations from anyone in America being a slave.

There are no more stories being passed down. Only someone who is 90+ would have even spoken to a great-grandparent who may or may not have had direct involvement.

The "aftershocks" are only there for those who still want them to be. Those who wish to use them to their advantage. Reparations.

The rest of us have moved on with our lives.'

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Interesting that this argument is so consistently applied to slavery, but not to another institution that also ended in 1865. By this logic, everyone should roll up their Confederate Flags and consign them to a dusty box in the attic, forever distancing themselves from such an obviously irrelevant piece of our history, given the time that has passed and the lack of living participants.

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