I wrote this last year, when the Georgia General Assembly was considering a formal apology for slavery:
Of course we should apologize for slavery. Every human being should.
We should be sorry that we don't love our fellow men like we should. That we let fear and hatred hold us back in this advanced age.
Martin Luther King Jr. was quoting Matthew most of the time. Who was, of course, quoting Jesus.
Love your neighbor.
I'm sorry slavery happened. I'm sorry it happened on my own soil, in my country. I'm sorrier still that so much of it, and so badly, happened in my beloved home state.
I also had these lines, which I liked. But I never felt good about the segues to them:
If you say "we" when you say "America," I think that's proof you owe an apology. ...
I honor all dead. Every man has good in him and is to be missed, and those who sacrifice for others most of all.