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Samantha Power: America Should Apologize For Slavery, Genocide

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Published on Jun 14, 2013

April, 2003: "It is the tendency of states and of some individuals not to look back and not to reckon with what we've done wrong. Often if you look at our country we were just able to make war in Iraq without ever coming forward and saying 'let me just explain why I was in Baghdad giving him a bear hug in 1984. I want to explain that before we actually go forward.' States don't do that generally speaking."

After discussing the example of the apologetic Germans after the Holocaust and Latin American dictatorships, Power turned back to America. "Again, we have to look at ourselves. Slavery would be similarly cathartic to apologize for. We've never done that. Only the Japanese-Americans got an apology out of us for domestic political reasons."

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