Help sometimes comes from unlikely sources and that's definitely the case with a certain Hollywood legend who has championed what many consider to be a lost and unpopular cause.
The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that Kirk Douglas, best known these days as Michael Douglas's pop and Catherine Zeta Jones' father-in-law, has been urging Congress for several years to issue a formal apology to African Americans for America's role in the slave trade. And now that the House has passed a motion that will serve as a formal apology to the descendants of slaves forcefully transported to the United States from Africa, the "Spartacus" star couldn't be happier.
According to The Times, Douglas, a 91-year-old three-time Oscar nominee, was having lunch in Beverly Hills when the news blew up on his BlackBerry.
"This is the best news I've heard in a long time," Douglas told The Times. "We will show the world that the strongest nation is capable of humanity."
Thanks Mr. Douglas. Apologies are one thing, but some folks feel like black folks need to be getting paid.
How about you?