NY Times Columnist Defends Calling for Obama to Apologize for Slavery

eganNew York Times columnist Timothy Egan wrote a provocative piece in which he argued President Obama has a unique and important opportunity to apologize on behalf of the United States for slavery.

Egan was on CNN tonight, and Don Lemon had just one question: “Why now?”

Egan said that a lot of the racial strife America’s currently dealing with goes back to that original sin of slavery, and it would be incredibly significant if the first black President of the United States apologized for one of the worst things America ever did.

Joe Madison, however, was completely baffled by this. He told Egan it’s not the responsibility of a black president to apologize for an institution “based on white supremacy,” the apology should come from “those individuals whose heritage are benefitted from this.”

He said this is “the most absurd thing that I have ever heard.”

Watch the video below, via CNN:

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