On July 29, 2008, the House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution (H. Res. 194) formally apologizing to African Americans on behalf of the people of the United States “for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow,” era segregation.
According to the publication Congressional Quarterly, Congress has rarely issued formal apologies. In 1988, Congress apologized to Japanese-Americans who were placed in internment camps during World War II. And last year, the Senate adopted language to an Indian health bill apologizing to Native Americans for their unfair treatment by the U.S.