Meeting on the grounds of the former Confederate Capitol, the Virginia General Assembly voted unanimously Saturday to express "profound regret" for the state's role in slavery . . . .
The resolution passed the House 96-0 and cleared the 40-member Senate on a unanimous voice vote. It does not require Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's approval.
Remember The Simpsons during at least one town meeting? Rev. Lovejoy: All in favor? Townsfolk: Aye! Rev. Lovejoy: Opposed? Single, tiny, ineffectual-sounding male voice: Nay. Probably wouldn't have gone over too well if a Virginia legislator had tried to be funny like that: Nay. So for humor this guy will just have to do:
Among those voting for the measure was Delegate Frank D. Hargrove, an 80-year-old Republican who infuriated black leaders last month by saying "black citizens should get over" slavery.Wow, 80 years old and getting ready for a run at the presidency.
After enduring a barrage of criticism, Hargrove successfully co-sponsored a resolution calling on Virginia to celebrate "Juneteenth," a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.