Category Archives: Apologies for Historical Events

possibly an insincere apology

Canadian musician DJ NDN, who is Anishnabe from Nipissing First Nations, apologizes for his nouveau-Redskins* t-shirt.  Or rather, “apologizes.”

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Australia…backsliding

One of our first posts was about Australia’s National Day of Healing (aka Sorry Day). It happens every February 13, the anniversary of the Australian Parliament’s decision to apologize to the indigenous peoples they’d had screwed over and abused for so long. That apology, delivered by … Continue reading

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not a sorry girl

Singer Ani DiFranco (or her people) scheduled a four-day “creativity workshop” at a former slave plantation in Louisiana. Many humans found this problematic. DiFranco ultimately cancelled the retreat…but her statement about why is abysmal. We really shouldn’t be tackling it, … Continue reading

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Time for another unabashedly fab apology

We here at SorryWatch want to exalt the good, not just excoriate the bad. Here’s an apology that’s very, very good. N. Wayne Hale was the launch integration manager at NASA in 2003, when the space shuttle Columbia exploded. After … Continue reading

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Pity is not an apology. Try again.

The Magdalene asylums, or Magdalene Laundries, were institutions in Ireland and elsewhere, where women were committed and forced to work unpaid, on the theory that it would reform their foul sexy ways. They were often run by nuns. Originally for … Continue reading

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best and worst regret-the-errors of 2012

The Poynter Institute, a journalism school in Florida, has published its list of the best and worst media corrections of 2012.

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Dear Queen of England, we apologize for seceding

The ever-delightful Lindy West posted a roundup on Jezebel today of over-the-top peevish responses to the re-election of Barack Obama. One was a letter to Queen Elizabeth, posted on the web site of Free Republic by one Edwin R. Williams:

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Taking a header

The skywritten “sorry” that constitutes our blog header is from the National Day of Healing in Australia.  Go on and read this comprehensive description of the apology-necessitating horrors perpetrated upon Australia’s Aboriginal inhabitants — including systematically ripping children from their … Continue reading

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Whereas That Was Sad

The Events: It would be nice if we were all familiar with the Great Upheaval/Grand Dérangement – the forcible exile of the Acadians from the Maritime Provinces of Canada. But Americans, for example, typically learn little Canadian history. And these … Continue reading

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