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Bernie Sanders says America Has “Got To Apologize For Slavery”

Senator Bernard "Bernie" Sanders, an independent from Vermont and Democratic Candidate for Presidential Primary Sept. 10

Bernie Sanders who is running for the Democratic nomination for the 2016 President of the United States. As a candidate he is taking on issues that are usually not spoken about by politicians in the black community speaking about slavery.

On the Joe Madison show, the host asked Sanders how he feels about a U.S. President apologizing for the centuries long enslavement of black people.

“Well, slavery is, you know,” Sanders begins, “obviously nobody in this generation, you know, is involved in slavery, but as a nation, uh, slavery is one of the abominations that our country, uh, has experienced. There’s no excuse.”

“What can we say about it?,” Sanders asks aloud, before answering himself. “It was horrific,” the Vermonter says of slavery. “It killed millions of people.”
“It destroyed just the lives of so many people,” Sanders continues. “So as a nation — I don’t think as a president — but as a nation we have got to apologize for slavery.”

“So is that a yes or a no?,” Madison inquires of the would-be U.S. president.

“Well it’s, I mean, I’m not exactly sure what it means,” Sanders replies. “As a nation, we have got to apologize for slavery and of course the president is the leader of the nation.”


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