follow up on "Politics of Feeling Bad"
I just ran across the short commentary I said I'd post related to national apologies, following Sara Ahmed's "The Politics of Feeling Bad." This article, "Too damn little, too damn late: Senators can take their half-assed lynching apology and shove it," by Debra J. Dickerson, lists the "top 10 reactions to America's latest patronizing attempt to repent its racism," a U.S. Senate resolution in 2005 apologizing for lynching. As she writes, "Had America ever truly repented its racism no apology would be needed now." She writes that the article is more about how whites feel: "Shamed? Guilty? Bored? Patronizing? Victimized? Shriven?" Like Ahmed, she argues that apologies are a way of removing guilt from the self and another means of more responsible parties trying to set the timeline/decisions over when to "move past" an injustice that don't actually attempt to redress the consequences, aftereffects, and continuing events today.