Democrat wants Georgia to formally apologize for slavery

State Rep. Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta, sent over a copy of legislation he intends to file before the start of January's session that would express "profound regret for Georgia's role in slavery" and acknowledges moral and legal injustices perpetrated by the state government on slaves.

The proposal, which you can read here, is modeled after similar apologies adopted by lawmakers in Virginia, Alabama and elsewhere. Brooks, the head of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials, pushed for an apology in Georgia in 2007, but it failed to reach a vote.

"I'm not sure what we ought to be apologizing for," then-House Speaker Glenn Richardson said at the time. "Nobody here was in office."

It's one of several proposals brought by Brooks meant to fire up the party's base. He has also introduced legislation that would raise the minimum wage and another that seeks to ban police from racial profiling.

It comes as Brooks faces an April trial on federal fraud charges accusing him of bilking funds while working for nonprofits. He has pleaded not guilty and said he had poor bookkeeping skills but that he broke no laws.

Here's a few key passages from the proposal:

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.