Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders said Wednesday he would apologize for slavery if he is elected president. He was asked during an event in Philadelphia whether he would make the “necessary and overdue” apology, The Hill reported.
“An American president has yet to muster up the courage to formally apologize for the 400 heinous years of rape, death and inhumanity that occurred during the enslavement of black people in this country that still impacts million of slave descendants,” an audience member told Sanders before asking whether he’d apologize for it.
“Want the short answer?” Sanders asked in response. “Yes.”
Last year, Sanders said that the nation owes an apology for slavery.
“As a nation — I don’t think as a president, but as a nation — we have got to apologize for slavery,” Sanders said in July 2015, The Hill reported.