Charleston, South Carolina, where nearly half of all enslaved Africans first entered the United States, apologized for their role in slavery.
On Tuesday, the city council of Charleston approved a resolution condemning slavery, calls for greater tolerance in the future and proposes to set up an office on racial reconciliation.
Before the civil war in the US, Charleston was an important link in the slave trade. In accordance with the resolution, nearly 40 percent of the enslaved people brought into the country went through Charleston to their further sale. Charleston flourished in the XVII, XVIII and XIX centuries from the results of profitable business, which became possible due to the labor of enslaved people, “the resolution says.
However, not everyone voted for the resolution. One of the council members who voted against the resolution, said that he does not believe that the resolution affects the current economic problems of the city.
“We need to work on the economic side of things, so that our society can develop harmoniously and materially,” he said.
Those who joined him suggested concentrating on current topical issues and said that there was no reason to apologize for what they did not do.
It is worth mentioning that although the resolution says that it supports fair wages and racial equality in all areas of the city, it does not include specific measures to achieve these goals.