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The U.S. Senate's resolution apologizing for slavery yesterday was "nonbinding," unlike slavery itself, which was all about binding. The nonbinding part of the resolution means it doesn't have to go to the president for a signature. In other words, the Senate in considering slavery has decided not to bind our first black president, which is a semantic victory if nothing else. The resolution also includes a clause securing the government against any financial responsibilities for the thing it's apologizing for, which of course was one of the most oppressive systems of financial gain in world history.