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Alameda County Board of Supervisors Adopts a Resolution Apologizing for Slavery of African Americans

Alameda County Board of Supervisors Adopts a Resolution Apologizing for Slavery of African Americans

In commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States also known as Juneteeth,

the Alameda County Board of Supervisors formally adopted a resolution this week apologizing for slavery of African Americans and calling for reparations and reconciliation.

“I want to thank President Nate Miley for his leadership on this issue and allowing me an opportunity to co-sponsor the resolution,” said Supervisor Keith Carson at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting. “Apologizing for slavery is not just about past tense but the impact that it has on the present day community.’’

The resolution calls for economic reparations through health, education, employment and housing programs to address the disparities in the African American community. It also encourages the State legislature to consider a similar resolution and promotes healing and reconciliation to end injustices.

President Miley acknowledged staggering disparities in Alameda County, where African American women are nearly 30 times more at risk of HIV infection that white women. Also, of the 2,000 juveniles and 15,000 adults on probation; 51 percent are African American and 22 percent are Latino, according to the Alameda County Probation Department.

During the meeting, a list was cited of formal apologies issued to Native Americans, Jews and survivors of the Holocaust and to Japanese Americans. President Miley said the formal apologies for the atrocities committed against these groups were appropriate and urged the United States government through the office of President Barack to apologize to African Americans.

Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1862, the slaves in Galveston Texas were not informed until June 19, two and a half years later. Today, Juneteenth is recognized as “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day,” in the United States honoring African American heritage and commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery.

“The disparities that African Americans suffer are a result of slavery,’’ said President Miley. “I don’t personally need reparations, and I don’t want them as an individual but my people need them.”

Several local African American organizations were invited to the board meeting and were each presented with a framed copy of the resolution.

The groups represented included the Berkeley Juneteenth Festival Committee, Black Women Organized for Political Action, South County (BWOPA), South County, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, the Bay Area Black Journalists Association (BABJA), the National Forum of Black Public Administrators, the Charles Houston Bar Association, the Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition, Merriwether Williams Insurance Services and NAACP Hayward-South County (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Written by Globe Newspapers

Filed under: Alameda County, Featured, Local News, Politics

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